Fran­cenne M. Cooper

Kent County News - - OPINION -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — Fran­cenne Marie Cooper, daugh­ter of the late Ray­mond Ed­ward Sr. and Hat­tie Marie Hop­kins Jones, was born on Jan. 24, 1946 in Bal­ti­more.

She was the old­est of three sib­lings. She is pre­ceded in death by her brother Robert Leroy Jones. She leaves to cher­ish her mem­o­ries, her youngest brother Ray­mond Ed­ward Jones Jr. and his wife Dorthra.

Fran­cenne was loved by many and was the adopted mother to a lot of her chil­dren’s friends. She en­joyed her life and spend­ing time with her very close girl­friends. Her hob­bies in­cluded read­ing nov­els, bingo, danc­ing, singing and of course trav­el­ing. She learned to drive from her dad as a young girl and would later drive all over the East Coast with her chil­dren.

Fran­cenne’s fa­vorite hobby was do­ing jig­saw puz­zles and we all knew bet­ter than to touch them when they were sit­ting on the ta­ble.

As a young child, be­fore mov­ing to Wilm­ing­ton, Del., Fran­cenne at­tended Henry High­land Gar­nett School in Ch­ester­town and be­came a mem­ber of As­bury United Methodist Church in Ge­orge­town, Md. In Wilm­ing­ton, Fran­cenne would meet her best friend and adopted sis­ter, Sarah C. Tem­ple.

Af­ter spend­ing many years in Wilm­ing­ton, Fran­cenne moved back to Ch­ester­town and be­came an ac­tive mem­ber of As­bury UM Church once again. She served as trea­surer and sang on the church choir. Fran­cenne joined the lo­cal NAACP in Ch­ester­town and later be­came the chap­ter pres­i­dent. She was the lead for the Ch­ester­town Tea Party Com­mit­tee as well as the ed­u­ca­tion li­ai­son for Kent County to en­sure fair­ness and eq­uity in the treat­ment of the youth achiev­ing their ed­u­ca­tion.

Fran­cenne was an in­dus­trial worker and worked many years at Leeds Man­u­fac­tur­ing in Smyrna, Del.; Sch­legel in Ch­ester­town; and later with WL Gore As­so­ci­ates in Elk­ton, un­til 2004. She was a hard worker and took pride in cre­at­ing great qual­ity prod­ucts. She was al­ways a happy face to see at work and made many work friends.

Fran­cenne mar­ried Charles E. Cooper and was a mother to four beau­ti­ful chil­dren, Dar­ryl E. Cooper Sr. (Ver­nessa), Daren T. Jones, Melissa C. Cooper (Cen­giz) and Ta­mara C. Cooper. She also leaves to cher­ish her mem­o­ries her brother Ray­mond E. Jones Jr. (Dorthra) and adopted sis­ter Sarah C. Tem­ple; four grand­chil­dren, Dar­ryl E. Cooper Jr., Cur­tis L. Ersk­ine, Durell M. Cooper and Jas­mine D. Jones; two God­sons, Gary Rob­bins and Don­ald Henry; and four aunts, the Rev. Vi­o­let V. Hop­kins-Tann (Theodore), Min­is­ter Eve­lyn E. Young (Amos), Melv­ina Miles and Ju­lia Ann Thomp­son (Hay­wood). She also will be re­mem­bered by her younger cousin who she treated as her fifth child, Sher­rie L. Til­gh­man (Charles Jr.), as well as a host of nieces, neph­ews, cousins and great-grand­chil­dren, as well as many oth­ers who con­sid­ered her as a mom.

Fran­cenne Marie Cooper peace­fully de­parted this life on Dec. 25, 2018 at the Re­sorts at Chester River Manor in Ch­ester­town.

She fought a tough fight and now has gone to rest. We all loved her hard, but God loved her best.

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at noon Satur­day, Jan. 5, at Fel­lows, Helfen­bein and New­nam Fu­neral Home, 130 Speer Road, Ch­ester­town, where rel­a­tives and friends may visit two hours prior (10 a.m. to noon). In­ter­ment will be in As­bury UM Church Ceme­tery fol­low­ing the ser­vice.

On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com.

Lov­ingly Sub­mit­ted by the Fam­ily

FRAN­CENNE M. COOPER

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