Kay L. Cooper

The Baltimore Sun

Kay LaVon Cooper, a retired Parole and Probation employee, died of undetermined causes June 28 at her Cherry Hill home. She was 55.

Born in Newport News, Va., she moved to Cherry Hill as a child and attended city public schools. She earned a bachelor's degree at Antioch College in 1976, and served in the Maryland National Guard.

In 1977, she joined the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation and was an employment counselor for ex-offenders.

"She was a sweet, loving and spicy woman," said her granddaughter, Tadesa Brinkley, who lives in Baltimore. "She was willing to lend a hand and open her home for others."

Ms. Cooper served on the Bon Secours Hospital community relations board.

She enjoyed jazz, playing tennis and writing poetry.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gary P. March Funeral Home, 270 Fredhilton Pass.

In addition to her granddaughter, survivors include a son, Charles Grayson Jr.; a stepmother, Annie Cooper; two brothers, Linwood Gaines and Rodney Cooper; and two sisters, Brenda Clayburn and Wanda Cooper, all of whom reside in Baltimore.

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