Carolyn E. Cooper went home with the Lord on January 15, 2021 at the age of 78. She was the daughter of B. Reginald and Evelyn Williams Cooper of Worton. She was the granddaughter of Barney Reybold Cooper and Ethyl R. Loud and also of Ralph P. Williams and Sarah Cooper Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her twin sister, Marilyn Helen Cooper, brother Richard R. Cooper and her nephew Christopher Cooper.
Carolyn grew up in Worton, attended the two room Worton Elementary School, and graduated from Chestertown High School in 1960. She graduated from the Old Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington, DE in 1963, she also took some courses at the University of Delaware. She worked at the Memorial Hospital in Wilmington as a nurse until she became sick and had to move home.
She has lived on Queen Street in Chestertown since 1970, first with her brother in the Buck Baccus House, then in the Simpers home. She bought her home, 127 N. Queen, in 1976 and has lived there since then. She was a lifelong member of Worton United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
In the early 1970’s an older relative took her to Union Cemetery, adjacent to IU Church near Worton, where some of her ancestors were buried. It was very overgrown, fallen stones, etc. Carolyn started researching the history of the cemetery and the people buried there. She started an annual Descendants Day for descendants of those buried in Union Cemetery in 1980 and has held one every year since then. As a result, the cemetery is cleaned up and taken care of and there is a Union Cemetery Committee to keep up her work.
She has also had two books published: Worton Gleaning in 1983 and Descendant’s Day, A history of the Center of Kent County, MD in 2016. Descendant’s Day could not have been completed without the many hours of help from her devoted friend Holly Geddes.
We will all remember Carolyn as the lady traveling around Chestertown in her wheelchair with the American flag proudly displayed. One of her favorite stops was the foot of High Street, where she would feed the ducks and geese.
Carolyn is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, B. Stephen and Judy Cooper, their daughter Stephanie Cooper Price, and her sons: Hunter Price and his wife Courtney and their children Kennedi, Kaden, and Maddox, and Thomas Price and his wife Elaine. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Faye Torstrict, widow of Carolyn’s deceased brother, Dick Cooper, their son William Michael Cooper and his wife, Janelle, and their children: Cole, Ethan, Noah, and Evelyn Cooper.
The service of celebration will be held at Fellows.
A visitation was held at Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home on Saturday, January 23, and an interment followed at Old Union Cemetery.