Patricia Roberta Cooper

Born January 25, 1935 in London, England, Patricia “Pat” Roberta (nee Dawkins) Cooper passed away from non-COVID related respiratory failure in her Coronado home at 1:10 a.m. on Sunday June 27, 2021.

Pat has been a Coronado resident since 1960 and served our community as a Registered Nurse at the Coronado Hospital for over 20 years. Known for her acerbic wit, directness, and the bearing of royalty, Pat has been warmly received on the other side of the veil by Jim, her devoted husband of 63 years, and she will be greatly missed by her four children. 

Pat grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota; Kingston, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec, where she attended Bishops College, and Minneapolis, Minnesota where she graduated from Patrick Henry High School. She then went on to attend and graduate from Northwestern Hospital College of Nursing with a 3-year nursing degree in 1956. She later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Chapman University, while she worked and served the Coronado community in both Obstetrics and as a Charge Nurse on the Med/Surg floor of Coronado Hospital. As the wife of a Navy officer, her husband Jim’s assignments took them to Bermuda, Monterrey, California, the Philippines, and Kingsville, Texas. But, Coronado was where they put down roots for 60 years and raised their children. 

Pat was preceded in death by her husband Jim Cooper; her grandson William James Cooper; her father Kenneth Dawkins; her mother Mary Eugenia “Peggy” Warner; and her sister Kathleen “Katy” Dawkins Gray. Pat is survived by her three sons James Kenneth (Cynthia) Cooper, Robert Glenn (Denise) Cooper, and Lt. Col Christopher John Cooper (USMC), her daughter Kathleen Elizabeth (Richard) Mellor; 20 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and her brother Kenneth Eugene Dawkins. She will be greatly missed.

Pat’s Memorial will be held at the Coronado Public Library at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, after which her interment will take place in the garden of Christ Episcopal Church. She will be remembered during The Prayer of the Faithful at Sacred Heart Church at the 5 p.m. Mass on Aug. 7 and the 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m, and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Aug. 8. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made by donations to Christ Church Day School.

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