Joyce Cooper

Joyce Cooper (Clark)

November 7th, 1949 - May 3rd, 2020
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Joyce Clark Cooper was born to the proud parents of Willis Clark Senior and Elizabeth Thurman
Clark on November 7, 1949 Raymond, MS.
At an early age Joyce gave her life to Christ. She attended Love Temple Church of God In Christ,
until she moved to Chicago. There she became a member of Mount Cavalry Church and Sweet
Holy Spirit C.O.G.I.C. As a young lady she attended Westside Elementary, Sumner Hill High
School then Tougaloo College.
She later on married Eddie Lee Cooper on June 10, 1980.
Joyce was honestly a genius, she was perfect at everything. She was an amazing mother, sister,
wife, grandmother and friend. She also excelled at cooking being a seamstress, gardener, artist
and helping family with education, amongst other things. Joyce had a long established career
working for the federal government at the Social Security Administration office in Chicago Illinois
for over 25 years, where she later retired in 2009. Joyce received numerous awards, recognition
and promotions for her hard dedicated work.
Joyce is loved and adored by: Her children, Enid Clark Blount (Steven), Edward Clark Cooper
(Nakia), Sharon Cooper and Elisa Shay Cooper Bowens (Larkise); grandchildren, Quitana,
Jacqueline Joyce, Jae’vion, Comyra, Lashonda, Aujzanae, Manyah, Steven Jr, Edward Jr, A’naja,
Christopher Daniel and Azuri; great grandchildren, Ariah and Z’hariel; surviving siblings, Frances
(Thomas Barber) Alsip, IL, Robert Lee Clark (Vera) Jackson, MS, Joseph Clark, Jackson, MS and
Samuel Clark, Gary, IN (siblings who precede her in death are Bertha Carr, baby, James Clark,
Jimmy T. Clark and Elder Willis Clark). She will be dearly missed by a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and other relatives.
The Angels gathered near your bed, so very close to you.
For they knew the pain and suffering that you were going through.
I thought about so many things, as I held tightly to your hand.
Oh, how I wished that you were strong and happy once again.
But your eyes were looking homeward, to that place beyond the sky.
Where Jesus held His outstretched arms, it was time to say goodbye.
I struggled with my selfish thoughts, for I wanted you to stay.
So we could walk and talk again, like we did - just yesterday.
But Jesus knew the answer, and I knew He loved you so.
So I gave to you life’s greatest gift, the gift of letting go.
Now my heart will carry memories of the love you gave to me.
Until we meet again in heaven, where the best is yet to be.
There is a train at the station with a seat reserved just for me.
I’m excited about its destination as I’ve heard it sets you free.
The trials and tribulations, the pain and stress we breathe.
Don’t exist where I am going, only happiness I believe.
I hope that you will be there to wish me on my way
It’s not a journey you can join in, it’s not your time today.
There’ll be many destinations. Some are happy, some are sad.
Each one a brief reminder of the great times that we’ve had.
Many friends I know are waiting, who took an earlier train.
To greet and reassure me that noting has really changed.
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    Wednesday April 29th, 2020 |
    Wednesday April 29th, 2020
    Smith and Thomas Funeral Home
    5708 West Madison st
    CHICAGO, IL 60644
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