Eunice Cooksey

Eunice M. Cooksey

Friday, January 13th, 1922 - Sunday, July 5th, 2020
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Eunice Cooksey left this life Sunday, July 5th, in Phoenix, Arizona. She was 98 years old.She was born January 13, 1922, in Coaldale, Alabama to Louis and Lizzie White.

She married Edmond Wilder in 1939 and was widowed in 1953. She married Albert Ray “Punk” Cooksey on December 28, 1955, and they were married 60 years until his passing in 2016.

Eunice worked a variety of jobs in her lifetime, to include waitressing, sales clerk, “lunch lady” and janitor. She strove to do the best job possible at whatever she worked.

She was passionate about quilt making and took a tremendous amount of satisfaction in creating beautiful quilts which she knew would keep her family and friends warm. She loved to cook and feed people and was never happier than when she had a house full of folks to enjoy a meal.Her biggest joy in life was her family. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, always putting the needs of her family before her own.
She was preceded by the love of her life, Ray Cooksey, one son, Jimmie Wilder, and all of her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her son, Earl Wilder (Pam), of Ramona, California, her daughters, Virginia Largent (John) of Phoenix, Arizona and Terri Loperfido (Tom) of Rush, Kentucky, eleven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside service and burial is 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 13, at Oakland Cemetery in Atkins. Arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Funeral Service of Atkins.

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Cornelia Virden

Posted at 07:30pm
Sending love and prayers to all the family

Jennifer White

Posted at 02:03pm
Eunice was a special lady. We haven’t seen her in a long time but we have thought about her often. My fondest memory is when she met our 2 oldest children and asked to take our Katie home with her. She fell in love with her immediately. We loved Eunice. Robbie and Jennifer White

Tom and Vickie Barrett

Posted at 04:32pm
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
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Jeff Duvall

Posted at 11:58pm
Terri and the rest of the family,
Oh my! How many stories I have of this wonderful woman!
So many of my early memories have Eunice and Punk somewhere in there. Terri and I rode tricycles (well, she was better than me being a year older. She had mastered the bike) and played together so much when they lived near my grandparents. I love them all so much.
All of my love , thoughts and prayers to you all.
Jeff, Lois and Jarett Duvall

Shirley Henderson

Posted at 04:27pm
I'll never forget the time Aunt Eunice and my mom, found a pear tree somewhere, loaded with pears. They were getting some and putting them in the trunk of the car, so they could bring them home and make pear preserves. Mama said Aunt Eunice shook the tree and they fell out on mama's head. I always laughed when mama told me that story. They sewed together one year, to make doll clothes for mine and Terri's Crissy Dolls. I still have mine.

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