Nancy Lynn Cooney, born April 13, 1933, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. Nancy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and volunteer.
After growing up in Ohio with her mother, Dorothy Lyttle-Spangler, and spending summers in Kentucky, Nancy moved to Southern California as a young adult where she met the love of her life, the Rev. Verne Cooney. They married and had two children, Shawn and Ned. Nancy and Verne enjoyed a happy, loving life together in United Methodist fellowships in California and Arizona until Verne's passing in 1994. Despite Verne being taken from her far too early, she persevered and never stayed "stuck" in her grief, instead building a life full of friends, family and volunteerism.
In addition to her role as minister's wife, which she always approached with grace and humor, her love of words and numbers translated into work as a school librarian and bookkeeper. In retirement, she was a volunteer at hospitals, reading programs, school libraries, Habitat for Humanity, and most recently, at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts. Her passion for words kept her mind active, writing about her experiences, finishing daily crossword puzzles, and competing in friendly (though intense!) Scrabble games with neighborhood friends.
We were blessed to have four generations together for a brief time. Nancy is survived by her children, Shawn Cooney-Love of Kingman, and Ned Cooney (Cathy) of Bigfork, Mont.; grandchildren, Jennifer Hicks (Eric) of Murray, Ky., Ryan Cooney and Alicia Love of Kingman; and great-grandchildren, Kaylee Marie Hicks and Raegan Lynn Aradoz.
Nancy was amazingly loving, compassionate, strong, generous and thoughtful. She was always ready with a kind thought, encouragement, and a gentle nudge to "do the right thing."
We will all miss her steady presence and her role as the "glue" of our family. Her example of grace and humor in the face of life's adversity will be with us always. We love you and miss you, Mom/G-ma!
A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts (400 W. Beale St.), with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Mohave Museum of History and Arts and Kingman Regional Medical Center Foundation.