Ernestine Cooper, a retired employee of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, died on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Chestnut Hill Hospital. She was 95.
She was born on Feb. 24, 1924, in Asheville, North Carolina, to John and Aurora Sharp. She was the only girl with four brothers. After moving to South Philadelphia as a child, she attended Philadelphia public schools, graduating from South Philadelphia High School.
She married the late Frank E. Cooper on April 20, 1946, and one daughter was born to their union.
Cooper was an active member of the Church of the Redeemer and recently a friend of the Salem Baptist Church of Roslyn. She loved the Jersey shore, traveling and cruises. Her family said she was an amazing cook.
Cooper moved into the Terrace at Chestnut Hill in 2013. She was surrounded by a loving staff, who came to know that she was always willing to give advice to anyone seeking her counsel.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ronald Sharp, James Sharp and Claude Sharp.
She is survived by: her daughter, Joyce F. Matthews; grandson, Christopher B. Crawley; brother, John Sharp; cousin, Claudette Davis; and other relatives and friends.
A private burial will be held July 15 at Rolling Green Memorial Park Cemetery.