Anna Mary Cooper

Published 5:57 pm Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Anna Mary Cooper, 99, of Landrum, died August 29, 2010 after a 6-month decline in health.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Cooper, and a son, William Covin.

She is survived by a daughter, Ann Ewing, of Landrum, and three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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Anna Mary was born in 1911 in Evansville, Indiana, to parents Maude and Roy Purdue. She attended college at USC where she met and married William F. Covin.

In later years she completed her education at WNC, Chapel Hill, where she received her degree in Library Science. She worked for 10 years in California as a librarian. After retirement she settled in the Tryon area where she did volunteer service.

She ultimately moved in with her daughter in Landrum and cheerfully enjoyed friends and activities the last five years of her life. She remained an avid reader throughout her life and stayed current with politics, environmental and health issues, with a strong, curious mind even in her final days.

She passed away in the Smith-Phayer Hospice House of the Foothills. Donations to the hospice will be greatly appreciated.

A celebration of her life for family and close friends is being planned.