Barbara A. (Mercer) CooperOctober 11, 1942 ~ November 17, 2017 (age 75)
Barbara A. Cooper 75, of Massillon, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017, following a lengthy illness due to complications from neck surgery. She was born in Alliance, Ohio on October 11, 1942 to the late Charles and Alberta (Morrison) Mercer. Barbara was a graduate of Sebring McKinley High School, class of 1960 and a graduate of Akron School of Cosmetology. Barb was also a member of the Eastern Star and Trinity Gospel Temple (Canton, Ohio). She was married to Steve A. Cooper of Marblehead, Ohio for 25 years. She worked as a recess monitor at L.J. Smith Elementary School while her children attended school there. She also worked in the warehouse at Camelot Music for 15 years. Barb was a true caregiver at heart, as she assisted family and friends in caring for their elderly family members and children. She was a beloved grandmother and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. Barb always had a special place, kind words and a beautiful smile for anyone, especially children, that may have come her way. She touched many people in a profound manner and left an indelible memory that no one will forget.
Barbara is survived by her daughters, Lisa (Karl) Williams and Leslie Cooper. Grandchildren; Nathan Cooper and Lexie Williams. Brother, Charles Mercer and two cousins, who were like sisters, Aurelia “Rilly” Sutcliffe and Norma (Bill) McFarren, along with many other close cousins, nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home in Sebring, Ohio on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Terry McCullough officiating. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home 2 hours prior to the service from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Memorial contributions can be made in Barbara's honor to Absolute Hospice, 339 East Maple Street #115 North Canton, OH 44720. Friends and family may send condolences and sign the guestbook online at www.grfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home, Sebring, Ohio (330) 938-2526.