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Irene Maria-Emilia Cooper

Irene Maria-Emilia Cooper

"She loved her children, and her children loved her"

Irene Maria-Emilia Cooper of Gold Hill died Friday, May 12, 2006 at the age of 90. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 517 W 10th St., Medford, Ore.

Irene was born April 5, 1916 in Guadalajara, Mexico. She grew up in North Bend, Ore., graduating from North Bend high school and was the owner of Irene's Beauty Shop.

On April 14, 1938, she married Ernest H. Cooper of Dunsmuir, Calif., who died in 1989. They first lived in Klamath Falls while Ernie served in the Navy. They left Klamath Falls and came to Gold Hill in 1945 with their three children. They owned and operated Ernie's Wrecker and Shell service station, restaurant, and motel for many years. Irene was a cook in the restaurant. Her restaurant was well known for her excellent hamburgers and chicken fried steaks. She was a woman of many trades and capabilities. She maintained the motel herself while continuing her beauty shop, as well as assisting along side her husband in running the Shell service station.

In 1960, Ernie and Irene purchased The Oregon Vortex and location of The House of Mystery in Gold Hill. Irene managed the gift shop and ticket office. She did this until 1981 when she retired.

Her three sisters and brother preceded her in death. She is survived by her three children: Ric A. Cooper, Terry E. Cooper, and Maria D. Cooper, Gold Hill, Ore; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Irene enjoyed reading, walking, driving, but most of all playing solitaire by the hours.

She was a good woman, honest, true-blue, hard-working, loved her home and loved her children and grandchildren. Her family was most important to her and there wasn't anything she wouldn't do for them. Most importantly, she had a very strong faith that steadied and guided her throughout her life. She will be missed but we all know that we now have an angel looking down upon us.

God Bless you Mom, we love you, and thank you for all your love.

Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Church Sanctuary Renovation Fund, 517 W 10th St., Medford, OR 97501.

Irene Maria-Emilia Cooper