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The Reverend Martha Marie Cooper

January 4, 1931 ~ December 20, 2020 (age 89)


Martha Marie Cooper, age 89, of Cassopolis, died peacefully Sunday, December 20, 2020 in the comfort of her family’s presence.

Her life began January 4, 1931, in Pontiac, Michigan, the sixth of ten children born to Thomas and Celia Lewis.  She married Albert Samuel Cooper, Sr. March 3, 1951 in Pontiac, Michigan.  After more than fifty-three years of marriage, he preceded her in death in 2005.

There’s Mother Theresa and then there’s Sister Cooper.  Her motto was “Love God, Love People” and her favorite question to everyone was “Are you a who-so-ever?”  Sister Cooper had a love for her community and the church – The Lord’s House - she and her husband pastored for over fifty years. 

Sister Cooper was the matriarch of her family.  The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all knew of the unconditional love at her house.  They will long remember family game nights around the kitchen table.

Sister Cooper will be greatly missed by family and friends.  She is survived by two sons, LaMar Cooper of Centerville, Ohio, Thomas (Rebecca) Cooper of Cassopolis; fourteen grandchildren, Stephanie (Will) White, Jason (Danielle) Cooper, Thomas (Melissa) Cooper, Jasmine Bruens, Joshua Cooper, Dustin Pascoe, Kasie (Cody) Blad, Gary Cooper, Heaven Cooper, Charles Cooper, Brandon (Jaime) Cooper, Erika Wright, Andrea (Victor) Torres, Lucas (Megan) Cooper; twenty-eight great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; one sister, Ruth Fisher; two brothers, Alger (Ruth) Lewis, Alfred Lewis; one daughter -in-law, Janae Cooper; and a host of nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Pamela Ann Cooper; two sons, Gary Ray Cooper, Albert S. Cooper, Jr.; one grandson, Frankie Pascoe; six siblings; and one daughter-in-law, Vicki Cooper.

Family and friends will gather Saturday, January 16, 2021 in Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 30402 M-62 West, Dowagiac, at 1:00 p.m. for a celebration service. Sister Cooper’s remains will be laid to rest in beside her beloved husband in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Cassopolis.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Sister Cooper be made to The Lord’s House, 60835 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031.

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Celebration Service
January 16, 2021

1:00 PM

Please note
This is a special announcement to remind the Cassopolis community about the celebration service for Martha M. Cooper, who passed away December 20th 2020. Affectionately known as Sister Cooper, she devoted her life to serving and sharing love with the community. From Pastoring The Lord’s House Church over 50 years, to encouraging the other local churches, City Jail Ministry, to praying blessing the Little League season and many more ways, she demonstrated her love to the Cassopolis community. As her Eldest Son, it is my honor to invite you to come and join with us, Saturday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m. The service will be at Apostolic Lighthouse Church, 30402 M-62 West, Dowagiac, Michigan. We will celebrate her life with a joyful service and a fellowship meal of gratitude afterwards. We look forward to seeing you. God Bless, LaMar Cooper


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60835 Decatur Road, Cassopolis MI 49031

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