July 16, 1924 ~ April 4, 2001

Born in: Orlando, Fla.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville ~ Helen Wurst Cooper, 76, of Givens Estates, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001 in Asheville.

Born in Orlando, FL on July 16, 1924, she was educated in various North Carolina schools and was a graduate of Cecils College. As a wife and homemaker, she lived in numerous locations throughout the southern and Northeastern United States. International travel was also an important part of her life. In the early 1990’s, she returned to her beloved Western North Carolina mountains, settling in Asheville. Helen enjoyed her work as a Senior Volunteer with Mountain Area Hospice through Land of Sky Council. She was also a participant in a cancer research program through Mission St. Joseph’s Hospital. Family was important to her, and she was a true neighbor and friend to her extended family at Givens Estates. Helen most wanted to be remembered for “liberating two outhouses”, securing indoor plumbing for two senior citizens.

She is survived by a son, Don Cooper and wife Susie, of Dallas, TX; a brother, George Wurst of Asheville; two sisters, Katrina Pierson of Hendersonville and Louise Ward of Ormond Beach, FL; three grandchildren and one great grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. I am so thankful that I have had Mico in my life… Even though we weren’t her biological grandchildren, she always treated us like her own. She always remembered us on our birthdays, would call just to check in, and would fly out to visit when exciting things were happening in our lives. Thank you for sharing her with us.

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  2. Helen was a big part of our lives while my mother was at the solace center of Hospice. She sat with my mother every time she was there giving us a free moment to get some air. She will always be special to us. Her caring nature has definitely made her an angel.

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  3. Helen was a dear friend to me and I will miss her. Her humor and bright mind were refreshing. Her candor and insight were appreciated. She overcame much personal adversity and was a stronger and better person for it. Her influence was profound and I will truly miss her.

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  4. Helen was a dear friend to me and I will miss her. Her humor and bright mind were refreshing. Her candor and insight were appreciated. She overcame much personal adversity and was a stronger and better person for it. She was much loved and her influence was profound and I will truly miss her.

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