Gertrude Alice (Gert) Cooper (nee Jakeman)
was born on August 15th, 1928 in Vernon, B.C. and passed away peacefully on April 22nd, 2008 at Vernon Hospice House at the age of 79 years. She was supported in her journey by her family and many friends.
Gert is survived by her loving husband, Ralph, to whom she was married for 59 years; two daughters, Wendy (Gerry) Hennings of Kamloops, B.C. and Chris Cooper of Vernon, B.C.; two granddaughters, Kristy (Doug) and Kelly (Kirk); two great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Olive; her sister, Doris Gillespie; her brother, Manny Jakeman and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur & Pleasance Jakeman and her sister, Margaret (Babs) McKay.
Gert was a life-time resident of Vernon and was noted for her leadership abilities beginning as Mayor of Teen Town. She also served with the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the O.A.P.O.#6. She taught many people how to knit and sew. Most recently Gert & Ralph could be found walking every day at the Village Green Mall. She will be missed by many.
In respecting Gert’s wishes, she will be cremated and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Gert to Vernon Hospice House, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff of Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Hospice House for the care and kindness shown to Gert and the entire family.
Cremation arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5