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Roberta Cooper Gay

June 26, 1918 November 18, 2018
Roberta Cooper Gay
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Roberta Cooper Gay, widow of Clark D. Gay, passed away peacefully at the Bourbon Heights Nursing Home, on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Recently celebrated for being a Centenarian, Roberta was born June 26, 1918, to the late Courtney and Della Cooper in Clay City, KY. Roberta was the eldest of twelve children and was preceded in death by three sisters: Ms. Margaret Cooper, Mrs. Grace Borden and Mrs. Catherine Pullen, and four brothers: Misters Strawder Cooper, Cecil Cooper, Hoover Cooper and Chester Cooper . She, however, leaves to mourn sisters: Mrs. Emma Nelson, Mrs. Jennie Shehee, Mrs. Josephine Spears and Mrs. Dorothy Donovan, all of Dayton, Ohio. In addition, she leaves her niece, whom she raised as a daughter, Mrs. Catherine (James) Brooks, and her children: Terrence (Jennifer) Brooks, Derek (Krystal) Brooks, and Vicki (James) Clark. A special cousin, Ms. Nita Adams of Winchester, KY, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She received her education from the former Western High School of Paris, KY, and retired from the St. Joseph Hospital of Lexington, KY, after thirty years of service. Roberta was a long time member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church where she served as a Communion Steward until failing health prevented her. She dearly loved her Church and devoted many years of service there. Family was important to her and though she and her husband had no biological children, she “mothered” her niece Catherine Mynhier and two nephews, Frank and Wilbur Gay. Likewise, she served as a mother figure to the 30+ children on Gano Street where she resided until a few years before her death. Roberta was loved by many who valued her quick wit and acerbic tongue ( even when it was directed to them), because they knew what she was saying was true and actually beneficial if you took heed. She was kind, available and accessible to any she encountered. Roberta lived a long life and sowed into many a young person. She was blessed and a blessing and at the age of 100, state representative Sannie Overly recognized this feat and personally presented her with a signed citation from her office. In addition, Governor Bevin awarded her the coveted status of a “ Kentucky Colonel.” Roberta, indeed, received the blessing stated in the book of Job…she “went to her grave at a full age.” Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 PM Friday November 23, 2018 at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1117 High St., Paris, KY. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the hour of service at the church. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home 1120 Main St., Paris, KY 40361. The online guestbook is at www.Lusk-McFarland.com and a 24 hour funeral information line can be reached by calling 859-987-4387.


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Visitation

Friday

23

Nov

10:00 AM 11/23/2018 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
St. Paul United Methodist Church

1117 High St.
Paris, KY 40361

St. Paul United Methodist Church
1117 High St. Paris 40361 KY
United States

Service

Friday

23

Nov

12:00 PM 11/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
St. Paul United Methodist Church

1117 High St.
Paris, KY 40361

St. Paul United Methodist Church
1117 High St. Paris 40361 KY
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Evergreen Memory Gardens Final Resting Place

5364 Lexington Rd.
Paris, KY 40361

5364 Lexington Rd. Paris 40361 KY
United States
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