Posted: Tue 6:54 AM, Oct 01, 2013
Funeral Home: Dignity Memorial Funeral Chapel - College Station
January 1, 1917 - September 23, 2013
Miriam Smith went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Bryan, Texas at the age of 96. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 1:30 p.m at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station, Texas. Visitation for friends and family will be Friday, September 22, 2013 from 6-8pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow in College Station City Cemetery.
Miriam was born in Eupora, Mississippi on January 1, 1917. She is the oldest of 7 children born to Oliver Columbus Cooper, Sr. and Clara Isabella Brown Cooper. She received her B.A. degree in English, History & Music from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi in 1942 and graduated cum laude with her M.A. degree in English and Church Music from Baylor University in 1947. She began teaching when she was 18 years old in Bruce, Mississippi with 1 ½ years of college. For 50 years she was a public school teacher who taught in Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas. During 1966-69 she taught Senior English at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station. She was a member of the Tennessee Retired Teachers Assoc. of Memphis & Shelby Counties, the Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher's Society, and the First Baptist Church, Bryan, TX.
How do you describe someone who touched so many different people's lives? Her life was devoted to helping others, especially those who were hurting or downtrodden. People she met were forever changed because she crossed their path. She was a great role model for how to live with grace, compassion for others, and joy!
Miriam was preceded in death by her parents O.C. Cooper, Sr. and Clara Cooper, husband Bill Smith, and brothers O.C. Cooper, Jr., Bryan Cooper, and Tommy Cooper.
She is survived by her son, Jefferson Smith of Naples, Florida; sisters, Claire Vestal of Sugarland, Texas and Louise Hardy of Hobbs, New Mexico; brother, James F. Cooper, MD of Bryan, Texas; sister-in-law, Barbara Cooper of Nashville, Tennessee; numerous nephews and nieces, and long-time friends, Lois Wade and family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77804 or http://www.hospicebrazosvalley.org/donate.html.