Obituary: Jean Patricia Moore Cooper — professional interior decorator, loved adventure, former Darien resident
Mrs. Cooper was born to Gladys DeCordova Moore and Harrison B. Moore, III in New York City on Nov. 17, 1927. Mrs. Cooper leaves behind her husband of almost 60 years, Drury W. Cooper, III, her two sons, Gordon W. Cooper (Jennifer) of Natick, Massachusetts and Douglas D. Cooper of Bozeman, Montana and four grandchildren who adored her, Haley W. Cooper and Taylor D. Cooper of Hailey, ID and Charles C. Cooper and Theodore T. Cooper of Natick, Massachusetts. Mrs. Cooper also leaves Susan Cooper Albright of Hailey, her brothers Arthur Harrison Moore of Sarasota, Florida and John Winship Howard of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Mrs. Cooper graduated from St. Ann’s School of Charlottesville, Virginia and Barnard College. She studied at Columbia School of Architecture and received a certificate from L'Ecole Superieure des Arts Modernes in Paris. After a year in Paris, Mrs. Cooper returned to her beloved New York and spent several years working with The Illustrators Group, a commercial art agency. She established Peyraud-Moore, a New York City firm specializing in television story board sketches, magazine illustrations and other commercial art.
After the birth of their two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper moved to Darien, to raise their family. In Connecticut, Mrs. Cooper embarked on a new venture, Jean Moore Cooper Interiors. She partnered with her best friend Judith S. Beavers MacEwan to form Cooper-Beavers Interiors. Many homes in the Darien area were graced with their touches. Mrs. Cooper was admitted membership in ISID, the International Society of Interior Designers.
Mr. and Mrs. Cooper retired to Sun Valley, Idaho. Never one to sit dormant, Mrs. Cooper immediately returned to work reestablishing Jean Moore Cooper Interiors. Mrs. Cooper was a member of Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society, Interior Designers of Idaho and International Interior Design Association.
Mrs. Cooper was a well known athlete in the Wood River Valley constantly challenging not only her own limits but the resolve and fortitude of others. Mrs. Cooper's favorite sports were nordic skiing and cycling. She was an iconic member of VAMPS, the local biking and cross country ski group. Mrs. Cooper’s fierce determination inspired many including those who were decades her junior.
Mrs. Cooper shared her love of gardening with the Sun Valley Garden Club and the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. Mrs. Cooper was also an avid volunteer for the Special Olympics.
Above all, Mrs. Cooper was selfless. Her passion was her family. Mrs. Cooper loved her husband and sons dearly. Mrs. Cooper and Drury supported each other’s interests and those of their extended family, especially their grandchildren's. For much of their life together, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper enjoyed travel to Europe and Africa always spending time in London.
Memorial donations may be made to The Sun Valley Garden Club, The Sawtooth Botanical Gardens, Barnard College, or Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) for Galena Lodge and the NVT.
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