Martha Louise Cooper, 66, passed away at her home in Sheridan surrounded by her loving family on Sunday morning, Oct. 18, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with metastatic melanoma.
Born in Huntington, W.Va. on May 20, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Willard "Bud" Garrett and Celia Arbutice (Gilkerson) Manning.
She was a 1972 graduate of Holly High School in Holly, Mich., and attended Ivy Tech and Indiana University at Kokomo.
On June 30, 1984 she married Terry Lynn Cooper. He passed away on April 9, 1986.
For 36 years, Mrs. Cooper worked for St. Vincent Hospitals, starting in medical records and quickly moved into a financial counselor position with the opening of the Carmel Hospital in the 1980s, a job that she was thoroughly devoted to before taking her retirement on June 30, 2020.
She attended Radiant Christian Church.
Mrs. Cooper was a hard worker and very dedicated to her career, but never lost sight of the need to relax and take care of herself. Some days she would take it easy and spend the afternoon working a puzzle, and other times she would find the nearest Legion Hall and take on all challengers at BINGO. Put a marker in her hand and a table full of cards in front of her, and it was on. Working in a hospital setting for all of those years, you would have thought she would have been vaccinated for most things that ail you, but somehow she managed to catch the travel bug and the shopping bug at the same time. Infected with both for many years, she loved hitting the open road in search new destinations, and the shops that could be found along the way. Branson and Pigeon Forge were a couple of her favorite haunts, but when the holidays rolled around, Frankenmuth, Michigan was her spot for all things Christmas.
As much as she enjoyed her shopping, there was nothing more important to Mrs. Cooper than her family.
Survivors include her son, Bryan David Roudebush of Sheridan; nieces, Dana (Mike) Vanderkleed of Sheridan, and Heidi (Joe) Peyton of Westfield; nephew, Jeremiah Davis of Anderson; sister, Sandra Lee (David) Davis of Sheridan; and her feline BFF, Alley.
Other than her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; infant twins, Sherrie and Carrie; and her nephew Justin Davis.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from noon until the time of service.
Burial will follow at Spencer Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Jim Kyle will be officiating.
Memorial Contributions may be presented to the American Cancer Society.