Elsie Cooper Obituary

Elsie Colvin Cooper
Elsie Colvin Cooper

May 23, 1932 - August 12, 2020
Born in Savannah, Goergia
Resided in Anchorage, Alaska


Longtime Alaskan Elsie Colvin Cooper passed away the morning of Aug. 12, 2020, at the age of 88. Elsie was born on May 23, 1932, in Savannah, Ga., to Beatrice Mitchell and Richard Colvin. She moved to Alaska in 1961, where she met and married Felix B. Cooper.

Alaska was the perfect place for young Elsie, a Georgia girl fond of the outdoors, to adventure and explore. She began her Alaska career fulfilling her passion for the outdoors by selling sporting goods at Gambell Street Hardware for 15 years, and later moving a short distance to start as a cashier at Carrs grocery store.

Elsie was known to state her mind in a witty, yet deliberate way. No one could compete with her when it came to game shows, or the amount of bingo sheets she could play at once. She knew the answers to any game show puzzle or question before the contestants. Elsie's heart was as vast as her wisdom. Her love spread beyond her immediate family to include the wonderful warehouse team at V.F. Grace, where her husband Felix worked, and she was part of an inseparable sisterhood among her wonderful friends LaVerne Wilson, Nell Zimmerman, Barbara Taylor, Idella Weaver and Cora Weaver. She exuded great generosity while volunteering at Anchorage Presbyterian Hospital and was known to frequently donate goods to various organizations.

Elsie is preceded in death by her husband, Felix B. Cooper; daughter, Beatrice Lewis; and siblings, Janet Berksteiner, Richard Colvin Jr. and Richardine Jackson. She is survived by her son, Keith Cooper; daughter, Melody Cooper; brother, Walter Colvin of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; sister, Dr. Luetta Milledge of Fredericksburg, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Elsie exhibited great bravery and strength throughout her life. She is dearly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a local charity. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. To share memories and view updates on the celebration of her life, please visit: https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/ElsieCooper/.

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