Joyce Annette Cooper

September 3, 1929 – October 31, 2011

Memorial services will begin at 3 pm, Sunday, November 6, 2011, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, SD, with Pastor Jeff Hayes officiating. Family visitation will follow until 6 pm. A private inurnment will be held at the Hills of Rest Memorial Park of Sioux Falls at a later time.

Joyce Annette Plummer was born September 3, 1929, to Rex and Frances Plummer in Oto, IA. She grew up and attended school in the Climbing Hill, IA area. Her early years were fondly spent with her grandparents, Amos and Dottie Plummer. At the age of 16, she married Glen E. Cooper. Together they raised their children, Charles and Linda in Iowa. In the early 70’s the couple moved to the Tea area where they lived for over 60 years. In her later years, Joyce worked at the Bishop’s restaurant as a hostess. She loved visiting and meeting new people as she poured coffee and mingled throughout the restaurant. She made friends easily and could visit with anyone.

Joyce really liked to have fun and spend time with people. She especially loved spending time with her daughter and grandchildren. It was a tradition for Joyce, Linda, Roselyn and Danielle to go shopping every Saturday. Also, Roselyn, Danielle, and Desiree had many sleepovers at their grandparents’ home where they would be treated to just about anything they could ask for. Joyce had many other loves including reading and animals. She had many dogs throughout her life that provided her with loving companionship. Most important to Joyce was her faith in God which carried her through life.

Joyce, 82, died Monday, October 31, 2011, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

She will be missed by her son, Charles (Patty) Cooper, OR; daughter, Linda (James) Jacobson, Sioux Falls; 4 grandchildren, Scott Cooper, AZ, Roselyn (Tim) Schillerstrom, Sioux Falls, Danielle (Scott) Nelson, Sioux Falls, and Desiree Cooper, London, UK; and 4 great-grandchildren; Jacob and Morgan Schillerstrom and Samantha and Baby Girl/Boy Nelson.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a granddaughter, Jennifer Cooper.

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  • Andi Hall says:

    When I gave my heart to the Lord at Calvary Open Bible church in Sioux Falls, SD it was on Joyce’s birthday, September 3, 1979. We quickly became very close friends and I always looked up to her as sort of a “Spiritual Mother”. There was always something a little different about her that I noticed and the joy that seemed to glow from within. I remember praying to God that I wanted it “all”… if there was more of Him I wanted it. On October 30th of that same year I was filled with the Holy Spirit and I have been loving and serving Him ever since.

    In those early years, I remember struggling financially as I was raising my children alone and one cold South Dakota winter Joyce needed me to take her to the mall. She couldn’t believe I had no boots to wear but I was not about to spend the extra money on myself to get some. A day or two later she met with me and gave me the boots we had looked at earlier in the mall. Joyce said that God had spoke to her heart to buy them for me. I cried and felt so blessed. That was the first of many blessings Joyce brought my way.

    Shortly after I became a Christian I was admitted to the hospital for an emergency exploratory surgery. Joyce, Pastor Webb and others from the church came up to my room, layed hands on me and served communion to me. I felt such a peace and warmth all throughout my body. I was told later by my doctor that he couldn’t quite understand what had happened as it was evident I was bleeding quite heavily internally and quite honestly could have died ~ however, it was as if SUDDENLY the bleeding was stopped somehow. I knew that is was their prayers and God’s healing power that had touched me and saved my life… that was the first of many healings He gave to me throughout my life.

    Joyce never did learn to drive so she depended on all of us who loved her to get her back and forth to where she needed to be. Usually it was Glen, Pastor Webb, Gary, Carey or myself and not one of us ever did mind as she was one of the nicest people we had ever met. Sometimes a bit opinionated but we took it all in stride. I remember trying to talk her into letting me give her driving lessons but she said she was just to old to learn now!

    She was always there for me to talk to, cry with and mostly laugh… oh, we had SO many laughs! Crazy as it sounds one of our favorite things to do was go to the drug store and read greeting cards…. the funny ones, especially. I am sure many people passing by thought we were a bit strange as we were back and forth showing each other yet another hilarious card and we were definately LOL! We stayed a long time in those aisles. Sometimes we would get the giggles so bad we had to leave the store to maintain our composure!

    We shared so many meals together and it was our time to vent to each other I guess. I knew in her I had a true confidant that I could bare my soul to… her compassion and understanding and love meant the world to me.

    I had the priviledge of knowing her sweet husband Glen, meeting her children and their spouses at the time and most of the grandchildren. I watched one service as God healed her granddaughter… oh, what a blessing that was… we all cried tears of joy.

    Yes, Joyce loved dogs… the one I remember the most was Cuddles. She treated her pets like they were her other children! I’m not so sure Glen was as fond as she was but he seemed to always let her have what she wanted. She also loved to sing and to listen to music. Many times while we were driving she would have me sing one of the songs I had written to her. I can still hear her singing “Because He Lives” and “I’ll Fly Away” in my mind.

    I stayed in touch for years with Joyce after I moved to NC, then later while in TN and finally where I am now in Florida, however the past couple of years I was not able to get through on the number I had. I would love for any of the family members or those who knew Joyce to call me and fill me in on more details of her days prior to her going home to the Lord.

    God bless you all and thank you for letting me share some of my precious memories with you. I am at peace with knowing that she is with the Lord now and pleased to know that one day I will be able to once again be blessed with her presence.

    Andi Hall
    6236 Donnington Ct
    Sarasota, FL 34238 (or find me on Facebook)

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