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Jo Donnelle Spoonts Cooper of Flower Mound, Texas, passed away on July 20th , 2023 at the age of 82 after fighting a long and courageous battle against Lewy Body dementia.
Jo was born November 11, 1940, to Martha Estella Watts Spoonts and Eddley Martis Spoonts, and grew up on their farm outside of Gustine, Texas. She was the proud older sister to her four younger siblings, James, Delmar, Joye and Martha. Jo decided early on that the farm life was not for her, so she used all her intelligence and determination to become the first person in her family to graduate college. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business education while working as a secretary in the Dean’s office. In her later years, she spoke often about how her time at Mary Hardin Baylor was “just like heaven.”
Love and family filled her life. After graduating, Jo worked as a secretary at an oil company in Dallas, Tx. Jo met her lifelong love David Wayne Cooper at Dallas First Baptist Church, and they married there on December 21, 1963. David finished up Baylor Dental school in Dallas then they moved to Oklahoma City where they raised their family together. She loved her family unconditionally with a servant’s heart, and she was loved wholeheartedly in return by her husband David, her sons Roger and Jay, and her daughter Robin. She was also beloved “Nana” to her eight grandchildren, and she enjoyed bragging about their varied accomplishments.
Jo was a devoted Christian and was active in church and Bible studies, and her years as a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City led her to many lifelong friendships. She was a dedicated volunteer for the PTA, the Christian Women’s Association and a Sunday School teacher for numerous years. Her favorite song was O’ Holy Night, and it always brought a joyous and thoughtful expression to her face. She was quick to smile, quicker to hug, and was justly proud of the life she and David built together. Jo loved to read, travel, play cards, play Scrabble, shop, walk with friends, play tennis, dance, and she especially loved to sit and visit. She will be dearly missed by her family, but they rejoice knowing that she is now with her Savior, Jesus, and she is no longer suffering.
Jo is survived by her husband David Cooper, her sister, Joye Bundrant, her brother, Delmar Spoonts, her son Roger Cooper, her son Jay Cooper and his wife, Amy Cooper, her daughter, Robin Fish and her husband, Scott Fish, her grandchildren, Samantha Cooper, Jake Cooper and his wife, Brooke Cooper, Ellie Grace Cooper, Courtney Fish, Lindsey Fish, Bobby Fish, Zane Cooper and Avery Cooper.
Funeral services will be held at Believer’s Chapel on Monday, July 24 at 11am.
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