Ruth J. Cooper
4/30/1932 – 3/19/2018
Ruth J. Cooper, 85, of South Bend, passed away during the early morning hours of Monday, March 19th in the Center for Hospice in South Bend. Ruth was born in Branland, West Virginia on April 30, 1932 to the late Harold T. and Polly J. (Price) Wilson. Ruth attended Berea College in Kentucky and taught 1st through 8th grade in a one room school house. Ruth married Elmer H. “Jack” Cooper in Mishawaka, on April 30, 1978. He preceded her in death. Ruth retired after 25 years of service from the St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, where she worked as an Operating Room Assistant. She loved her pets; Jody and Trouble, collecting dolls, gardening and traveling, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Ruth is survived by her loving children, John (Paula) Salyer, Ronald Salyer, Cindy McBride, Douglas (Michele) Salyer and Roxanne Banks, Virginia Minix, Carol Sue Day and her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, her siblings, Tom Wilson, Gary Wilson and Zora Littler. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Cordell Wilson and Dale Wilson.
Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, March 22nd from 5:00 until 8:00PM in the Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka. A celebration of life will be held on Friday morning, March 23rd in the funeral chapel at 11:00AM, with Pastor Joyce Kuhn officiating. Friends may also visit one hour prior to the service. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Jack, in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, in Osceola. Memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s name to the Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545-5234.