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Dorothy Jean Cooper

July 10, 1940 — December 15, 2023

Lubbock

December 15,2023, Dorothy Jean Cooper, 83, of Lubbock, Tx, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 1 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitations will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2023, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Griffin Mortuary. Dorothy Cooper was born on July 10, 1940 to James and Annie Scott in Groesbeck, Tx. As a child she was affectionately called Dink, a nickname that lasted a lifetime. 

After attending Groesbeck High School she moved to West Texas with her family in the late 1950’s where learned the importance of resilience and hardwork. Lorenzo,Tx is where she met her late husband Jay Cee Cooper. They were married on April 26, 1963 in Lorenzo, Tx. Shortly thereafter they moved to Bryan, TX where she started her career as a dormitory attendant. She worked at Texas A&M University for 10 years before moving to Lubbock, Tx in 1973.  Texas Tech University is where she continued her career until she retired from Texas Tech in 1998. During her career she became an important and reliable fixture on the campus of  Texas Tech.; loved by many students and colleagues throughout the years.

Over the years, Dorothy enjoyed playing bingo and going to church with her children and grandchildren. She loved meeting new people and making friends wherever she went,  but never forgot about her friends in Bryan, Tx. Each year she would travel back to Bryan,Tx to visit friends and families. 

As a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (Lorenzo,TX), St. Mark Baptist Church (Lubbock, TX), and New Zion Baptist Church (Lubbock, Tx), she enjoyed singing in the choir, ushering, and joyfully participating in missionary fundraisers which included fish fries and garage sales. 

Dorothy Cooper is preceded in death by her husband Jay Cee Cooper, parents James and Annie Scott, sons James Cooper Jr. and Rufus Cooper, grandson Roderick Cooper and Merecedes Patterson, brothers James Scott Jr and Willie Scott, sister in law Edna Scott, and brother in law Robert Toliver

She is survived by a sister Alice Toliver,  two sons, Bobby Scott of Abilene, TX and Glynn Cooper, four daughters Betty Scott-Washington (Terry Washington), Alberta Wynne (Marvin) of Amarillo, Patricia Johnson, and Bernadette Cooper. 

She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Jeremy(Sissy), LaTosha S., Tomminisha, ShaQueena, Nashua, Jamar, Dewitt, Quanosha, Antuan, LaTosha W., Bobby, Marvin, Shameka, Jabroderick, Jedidiah, 41 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild as well as a host of nieces and nephews, and a special friend Clifton Johnson, a host of other relatives and friends.

December 15,2023, Dorothy Jean Cooper, 83, of Lubbock, Tx, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 1 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitations will be held Wednesday, December 20, 2023, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Griffin Mortuary. Dorothy Cooper was born on July 10, 1940 to James and Annie Scott in Groesbeck, Tx. As a child she was affectionately called Dink, a nickname that lasted a lifetime. 

After attending Groesbeck High School she moved to West Texas with her family in the late 1950’s where learned the importance of resilience and hardwork. Lorenzo,Tx is where she met her late husband Jay Cee Cooper. They were married on April 26, 1963 in Lorenzo, Tx. Shortly thereafter they moved to Bryan, TX where she started her career as a dormitory attendant. She worked at Texas A&M University for 10 years before moving to Lubbock, Tx in 1973.  Texas Tech University is where she continued her career until she retired from Texas Tech in 1998. During her career she became an important and reliable fixture on the campus of  Texas Tech.; loved by many students and colleagues throughout the years.

Over the years, Dorothy enjoyed playing bingo and going to church with her children and grandchildren. She loved meeting new people and making friends wherever she went,  but never forgot about her friends in Bryan, Tx. Each year she would travel back to Bryan,Tx to visit friends and families. 

As a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (Lorenzo,TX), St. Mark Baptist Church (Lubbock, TX), and New Zion Baptist Church (Lubbock, Tx), she enjoyed singing in the choir, ushering, and joyfully participating in missionary fundraisers which included fish fries and garage sales. 

Dorothy Cooper is preceded in death by her husband Jay Cee Cooper, parents James and Annie Scott, sons James Cooper Jr. and Rufus Cooper, grandson Roderick Cooper and Merecedes Patterson, brothers James Scott Jr and Willie Scott, sister in law Edna Scott, and brother in law Robert Toliver

She is survived by a sister Alice Toliver,  two sons, Bobby Scott of Abilene, TX and Glynn Cooper, four daughters Betty Scott-Washington (Terry Washington), Alberta Wynne (Marvin) of Amarillo, Patricia Johnson, and Bernadette Cooper. 

She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Jeremy(Sissy), LaTosha S., Tomminisha, ShaQueena, Nashua, Jamar, Dewitt, Quanosha, Antuan, LaTosha W., Bobby, Marvin, Shameka, Jabroderick, Jedidiah, 41 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild as well as a host of nieces and nephews, and a special friend Clifton Johnson, a host of other relatives and friends.

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

New Zion Baptist Church

1601 MLK Blvd, Lubbock, TX 79403

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