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Celia Cooper

Thursday, December 13, 2007

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Celia Estell Widner Cooper, 92, formerly of Portageville, Mo., died Dec. 9, 2007, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland.

Born July 7, 1915, in Ridgely, Tenn., daughter of the late Ferd Cleveland and Mary Alice Turner Reams, she was of the Pentecostal belief.

On Nov. 12, 1932, she married Forrest Widner, who preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1985. She then married Earnest Cooper on Dec. 28, 1987, and he died May 29, 2007.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Gerald Widner; five brothers, Armon Reams, Harley Reams, Maryn Cleveland Reams, Birtthel Maryn Reams and Firdie Washington Reams; three sisters, Truly Williams, Mary Ellen Skelton and Elizabeth Downing.

Survivors include: five daughters, Vivian Diggs and Lona Maria Woods of Lakeland, Ann Isbell and Bertha Norton of Henning, Tenn. and Glenda Maudlin of Bloomington, Ill.; two sons, Billy Joe Widner of Lakeland and Eugene Widner of Milan, Tenn.; one brother, Benjamin Reams of Conway, Ark.; one sister, Zola Watson of Blytheville, Ark.; and 19 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is after 6 p.m. Friday at First Pentecostal Church in Portageville, where services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Revs. John Creasy and Allen Gentry will officiate.

Bradshaw Funeral Home of Malden, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.