Francenne M. Cooper
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