Mary A. Cooper, 85


February 23, 2007

Mary A. Cooper, a homemaker who was known for her cooking and hospitality, died Feb. 16 of heart failure at Glen Rock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Catonsville. She was 85.

The former Mary Agnes Griffin was born in Baltimore and raised in Linthicum. She attended Anne Arundel County public schools.

Mrs. Cooper lived for many years on Druid Hill Avenue, where she enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

"She always prepared great meals and was known for her sweet potato pies, collard greens and fried chicken," said Mary Marine, a niece. "You always received a great meal when you went to visit Aunt Agnes. She always showed a loving hospitality to everyone whom she welcomed with open arms."

Her husband of more than 40 years, Bernard Hugh Cooper, died in 1985.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Estep Brothers Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place.

Also surviving are a brother, Thomas A. Griffin Sr. of Baltimore; four sisters, Rosetta Yancy and Elizabeth May Brown, both of Elkridge, Martha A. Marine of Hanover, Pa., and Marie Brooks of Pasadena; two granddaughters; and several great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Barbara Griffin, died in 1986.

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