Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 6:26 PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lenora G. Cooper-Byrne

June 2, 1928 -July 26, 2011

Ninilchik resident, Mrs. Lenora G. Cooper-Byrne, 83, died July 26, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

A celebration of her life was held July 30, 2011, at the Ninilchik Senior Center. Private internment followed.

Lenora was born June 2, 1928, to William and Vera Oliver in Allegan, Mich. In 1956, Lenora's adventuresome spirit lead her to Alaska, where she met and married Alfred C. Cooper of Ninilchik. They enjoyed 17 years of marriage and the birth of their five children before Alfred's untimely death on July 21, 1973.

In 1986, Lenora retired from being a school lunch cook at the Ninilchik School. She enjoyed reading, opera and animals of all kind. She also enjoyed meeting new people, sharing life stories, being involved with the Ninilchik Senior Center, the sound of Harley Davidson motorcycles and most of all, her family and friends.

After 24 years as a widow, she married widower Ed Byrne. They were blessed with eight years together before his passing.

Lenora may best be remembered by scores of Alaska school children in the 1970s and '80s for her "all from scratch" school lunches and most definitely for her scrumptious cinnamon rolls. Lenora was proud of the letter she received from then-Governor Bill Sheffield praising her cinnamon rolls.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John Semon, Paul Semon and Andrew Clawson; sisters, Mary Willard and Geraldine Philips; and husbands, Alfred C. Cooper and Ed Byrne.

She is survived by her daughter Ella May Cooper-Waldron, ANP; twin son and daughter Peter Cooper and Patricia Engle; daughter Elaine KC Halloran; son Paul Cooper; sons-in-law Frank Waldron and Michael Halloran; daughter-in-law Kim (Finkle) Cooper; grandchildren Jackie Waldron, Woody Engle, Gus Engle, Max Engle, Thor Williamson, Kirsten Williamson, Zachary Alfred and Cole Charlie Cooper; step-grandchildren Conor Halloran, Mikana Halloran and Bering Halloran; and many nieces, nephews and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Lenora to the Ninilchik Senior Center, P.O. Box 39422 Ninilchik, AK 99639-0422.