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Virginia Dare Cooper

June 29, 1933 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Virginia Cooper Obituary

In Loving Memory of Virginia Dare Cooper

Virginia Dare Cooper, affectionately known as "Gin" to her loved ones, passed away peacefully at home on January 28, 2024, at the age of 90.

A remarkable woman who touched the lives of countless individuals with her boundless love, unwavering devotion, and enduring legacy, she was born to Letha and James Payton in Greenville, NC on June 29, 1933. She grew up on a farm surrounded by her 12 siblings.

From a young age, Virginia assumed the profound responsibility of caring for her six younger brothers and sisters, foreshadowing her lifelong commitment to nurturing and caring for others. This legacy of compassion would define her extraordinary life.

Virginia's journey took her to Rockville, MD, where she met Joseph Cooper, her beloved husband of 67 years. Their union was undoubtedly blessed from the start. Virginia’s grandmother, Hattie Warren, had often shared that she had a vision that Virginia would be blessed with a wonderful husband, a loving family, and a beautiful life. Joseph was truly a blessing to Virginia, and he continues to love her unconditionally. 

A woman of many roles and an unyielding source of inspiration, Virginia Cooper was a Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Guardian, Mother-in-law, and a cherished friend to countless souls. Her mere presence bestowed blessings upon those fortunate enough to have known her. Virginia was renowned for her honesty, a trait that, although sometimes sharp, always carried a valuable lesson. She was a devout Christian who embraced Catholicism upon marrying Joseph, eager to share the knowledge of the faith with her children.

Family held a special place in Virginia's heart. After retiring from The May Company, she selflessly cared for her grandchildren and great grandchildren while their parents worked, extending her nurturing spirit to even the youngest generations of the family. Her love for children knew no bounds, and she proudly attended every family event, providing unwavering support to her loved ones.

Virginia's talents were as diverse as her love. She possessed a beautiful singing voice, an infectious passion for dancing, and a talent for crafting heartfelt poetry. Her culinary prowess was renowned, with Sunday and holiday dinners becoming cherished traditions for the Cooper family along with her “honey fried chicken wings.” One of her favorite sayings, "Give God The Glory Each And Every Day, Morning, Noon And Night, Take The Time To Pray," embodied her unwavering faith and commitment to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, James Payton and Letha Payton Rollins; June Payton, Herbert Payton, and William Payton, her brothers; Ruth Jenkins, Norma Moultrie, Hattie Jones, Mavis White, Alice Payton her sisters, and a grandson, Kyle Cooper.  Virginia is survived by her beloved husband, Joseph Cooper, and their eight adoring children: Gwen Dorsey, David Cooper (Claudia), Jody Friend (Michael), Dee Dee Davis (Aaron), Renee Cooper, Tim Cooper, Jeanine Cooper, and Chris Cooper (Mandy), along with her nephew Barry Payton to whom she became a guardian.

Virginia is also fondly remembered by her siblings, Geraldine Payton-Brown, Patricia Hubbard, Donald Payton (Betty) and Larry Payton (Carrie). Virginia leaves behind a legacy of love through her 16 cherished grandchildren, Latia Parris Barnes (Antar), Loren Friend, Jabari Friend, Gabrielle Dorsey, Josh Dorsey, Joey Davis, Alex Davis, Jazmine Cooper, Erin Cooper, Amir Cooper, David Cooper, Terrence Cooper Aylia Lawyer, Courtney Parker (Sean), Jesse Cooper and Christopher Cooper. Additionally, her great-grandchildren Corey Barnes, Naomi Barnes, Landon Parker, Carson Lawyer, and Grayson Barnett will continue to feel her presence in their lives, along with a host of beloved nieces and nephews.

Virginia Dare Cooper's life was a testament to the enduring power of love, faith, and family. Her memory will forever be cherished in our hearts as we celebrate a life well-lived and a spirit that will continue to inspire generations to come.

Special Thanks: Snowden Funeral Home, Assisting Hands Home Care, Two Wives Catering, St. Mary's Catholic Church.

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February 9, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
520 Veirs Mill Road
Rockville, MD 20852

Funeral Mass
February 9, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
520 Veirs Mill Road
Rockville, MD 20852

February 9, 2024

Gate of Heaven Cemetery
13801 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906


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