December 28, 1937 – Saskatoon, SK
August 13, 2014 – Calgary, AB
A few talented people spend much of their lives quietly helping others. Judy was one of those. She was good with words. Her sociology prof at the University of Manitoba recognized that and enlisted her help in marking her classmates’ essays. Her friends treasured her letters. Nightly reading before bedtime was a delight for her offspring, Merrill, Brent, and Kim, and she later applied her mellifluous voice to the tough job of making audio recordings of textbooks for blind university students. Young children were also always in the mix. Early on, as a social worker in Montreal, she made sure they were adopted right and proper, and in Calgary, she led in the establishment of the U of C Child Care Centre, even though as a stay-at-home mom she had no need for it. Judy was an exceptional wife, mother, and grandmother. She patiently and lovingly cared for her husband Rod for over 50 years. She was so devoted to Rod, in fact, that she once worked with him to lay down 211 sidewalk blocks, each over a hundred pounds, to replace crumbling walkways and patios. She was a wizard in the kitchen, and she continued to offer up a delicious Sunday dinner for the entire family almost right up until the end. Throughout her life, young parents sought her sage counsel about childrearing and, when her own kids had reached their teens, she mentored a few new, young mothers who needed a little extra help. Her adeptness with the newborn was capitalized on by Foothills Hospital, where she instructed new mothers in the care of their neonates. Later in life she volunteered with a local organization to make school lunches for hungry kids. And hundreds, if not thousands, of kids will never know how hard she worked to get them the local playground. Finally, Judy was a true friend to countless people. She was special enough to be adopted by both friends and acquaintances as a counsellor to care for their ailing psyches. In helping others Judy was probably the best combination of an atheist and a Christian you could assemble. She included a nun among her lifelong friends and, while she never attended a service, each Saturday for years she helped the church secretary, who lived next door, and the altar guild to arrange flowers for Sunday services. Charities counted on her to canvass the neighbourhood. She was always there for everyone who needed her. There, a few bits about an unsung person who deserves singing about. And, oh yes, we almost forgot, she had a special way with animals. The cats followed her and the kids on their visits down the street, waiting patiently on doorsteps for the human members of the family to rejoin them. You see, the cats loved her, too. She will be missed.
Please join the family in an open house memorial reception at St. Andrew’s Heights Community Hall (2504 13 Avenue N.W.) on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 between 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice or Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.
In living memory of Judy Cooper, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences