Mary Cooper, of Durant, passed from this life January 25, 2020 in Durant at the age of 81. She was born May 25, 1938 in Mead, Oklahoma, to John Calvin and Willie Maude (Arney) Bowers.


Mary greatly enjoyed quilting, cooking, gardening and reading. She graduated from Mead High School and was very active in staying in touch with her classmates over the years. She was passionate about caring for others as she sent hundreds of cards of encouragement to her friends and family. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.


She was a member of the Durant Church of Christ.


She married B.J. “Bob” Cooper June 30, 1962 in Mead.


She was preceded in death by her parents, John Calvin and Willie Maude (Arney) Bowers; husband Bob Cooper; sister Billie Jo VanZandt; nephew Alan VanZandt; and sons-in-law Ron Cross and Ed Stair.


Survivors include her son Corey Cooper and his wife, Stephanie, of Mead; daughters Sue Stair of Durant; Tammy Cross of Durant; Sheila Garner of Durant; grandsons Shawn Hurst; Shane Hurst and his wife, Kari; Gregory Cross and his wife, Hillary; Bradley Cross; Brandon Cooper and his wife, Brittany; granddaughters Shawna Cross and Sydney Sumner; great-grandchildren Preston, Landon, Rafen, Sheriden, Cooper, Burkley, Harlow, Rhylen, Savannah, Laynie, Sadie, Mason and Aly; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.


A come and go family visitation was held on January 29, 2020 at Gordon Funeral Home, 221 N. 3rd, Durant.


A funeral service was held on January 30, 2020 at the Durant Church of Christ in Durant with Brothers John Curtis and Layne Heitz officiating. Graveside services were at Highland Cemetery in Durant.


Greg Cross, Bradley Cross, Shane Hurst, Brandon Cooper, Chris Sumner and Derik Delozier served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were A.G. Alexander, James Coats, Charles Villines and Casey Roberts.


Arrangements were under the direction of Gordon Funeral Home, 221 N. 3rd, Durant; www.gordonfh.com.