February 5, 1920 ~ April 17, 2011

Born in: Yancey Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

MADGE BAILEY COOPER ASHEVILLE – Madge Bailey Cooper, 91, of 28 Covington Street passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Fleschers Fairview Healthcare Center. She shared sixty years of her life with her soul mate Herman Cooper who preceded her in death in 2002. Mrs. Cooper was a native of Yancey County and was the daughter of the late William Harvey and Mary Thomas Bailey. She was a graduate of Candler High School and was an employee at Asheville Hosiery Mill, before completing her career at American Enka Corporation. Preceding Mrs. Cooper in death were her sisters and brother Jane Banks, Atlas Davis, Tennie Robinson, Doll Hyatt and John Bailey. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper joined West Asheville Baptist Church in 1948 and remained members throughout the rest of their lives. During her long life Mrs. Cooper was very active with many church projects. She regularly attended church until her declining health prevented her from doing so. Mrs. Cooper is survived by her only daughter, Sandra Cooper Dunn and her husband Dr. Joe Dunn of Asheville. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Kristie Davidson and her husband Brian of Fletcher and Brad Dunn of Charlotte, NC. She took pride in her three great grandchildren, Bryce and Bailee Davidson of Fletcher and Avery Dunn of Charlotte. She will be remembered as a devout Christian, as well as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tony Hooper officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The family requests that memorials be made to Fleshers Fairview Healthcare Center Employee Fund, PO Box 1160, Fairview, NC 28730-1160.

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  1. Sandra, I’m so sorry to read of your mom’s passing, I have so many wonderful memories of both your parents! Our prayers are with you!

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  2. Sandra and family,
    Madge was such a wonderful lady and we all loved her so much. She was a special aunt to me and Marsha. Now she is with all her family and in such a better place.
    You are all in our prayers.
    We love you,
    Walter and Hums

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  3. Dear Sandra, I have so many fond memories of Aunt Madge. Asheville will forever be a magical place for me, full of family Christmas celebrations and summer escapes! She was loved dearly and will be missed.
    Love,
    Leah

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  4. Sandra, Ronnie and I were saddened to learn of your Mother’s passing. She was a lovely lady and no longer suffering. Just know that she is in the arms of our maker. You, Joe and all the children are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Cherish the wonderful memories.

    Love to each of you,
    Ronnie and Emelie

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  5. Sandra & Family;
    I was so sorry to hear that Madge had passed away. I have some wonderful memories of her & Herman. My Dad, Bill Keylon, and Herman were cousins. When I was younger we would visit your parents at their home and they were warm, friendly, loving people who always had a welcome smile. My sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. May the Lord hold you in His hand through this difficult time.

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  6. Sandra and Family,
    As I sit here crying and praying thinking of all the days I had with Madge, I Love her so much. Not only will I miss Madge but you to (Sandra) and the times we shared in memories of the past. Madge will always carry a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

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  7. Sandra and Joe:

    We just learned of the passing of your mom last night. We are sooo sorry to hear this news. You and your family are in our prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you or your family.

    We love ya!

    Nathan and Robin

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  8. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry we couldn’t make it up there today. Madge will always have a special place in my heart. Love you guys! ~ Michael

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  9. Madge was a jewel!!! She was such a pleasure to have at the West Asheville Senior Center! She always wanted to help and was so humble! I was a lucky woman to have known such a sweet lady.

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  10. Sandra,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your
    dear sweet Mother.
    Our prayers and comfort to you and
    your family.

    The Mary Ann Elingburg Family

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  11. Sandra, Madge was truly a special woman , who loved us all and was best friends with my Mother for a lifetime. What wonderful memories we all have of our families being together over the years..
    You and your family will be in our prayers ..
    Marsha Cooper Furness

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  12. Sandra and family,
    I just wanted to tell you how much it saddened me to hear of Madge’s passing. She was such a special lady and I truly enjoyed doing her hair and eating her almond cookies. I always missed her after she had to go closer to home to get her hair done. I know for sure that she is SO happy now for she is with Herman. I know I’m late with this message, but just wanted you to know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    Freda Nodine

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