Our Heavenly Father called Linda Diane Cooper home on Saturday Morning, August 6, 2022, from her home in Drummond, Montana.
She was born to Mary Ann (Dusty) and Gay Carter on November 4, 1949 in Missoula, Montana. Her family moved to Helena, Mt. in 1955, where she attended St. Mary’s Grade School. In 1963, her family moved back to Missoula, where she attended St. Francis Xavier School, Sacred Heart Academy and Hellgate High School.
Linda married Dean Cooper on December 6, 1980 in Missoula, and in 2001, they made their beloved “mountain home,” on 20 acres outside Drummond, Mt. She worked for Security Armored Express, until she retired in 2001, due to medical issues.
A proud Montana girl, she loved four-wheeling with Dean around their wooded acreage, and was especially fond of camping. “But not in a tent,” she proclaimed. She and Dean bought a small cabin cruiser they dubbed, “The Fat Dad.” In which, they spent many blissful hours at Flathead Lake, jigging for whitefish and trawling for lake trout.
Although Linda maintained her tough Montana exterior, those who were lucky enough to know her knew she had an incredibly tender, loving heart. She had a deep abiding regard for every small animal on the planet. Especially “her” hummingbirds.
She was an amazing artist and craftsperson, but she found her greatest joy in being a loving wife, devoted mother, doting grandmother, and wonderful sister. Family and faith meant everything to her. She loved knitting for her family and friends. She especially loved surfing thrift stores and rummage sales with her granddaughter Amanda. (With Linda’s sisters in tow from time to time.) She also enjoyed long car rides with her son Cory, loving talks with her son Dustin, her time with her grandchildren and great grandchild, and the more than 40 years she shared in marriage with Dean.
Despite her struggles with health issues later in life, Linda never complained. Her faith was unwavering. A devout Catholic, she was up every morning at 5:30 AM to watch her daily mass on TV, followed by prayer time, and she received weekly Holy Communion, thanks to Charlotte Moran and Father Rudy.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her husband Dean of Drummond, her sons Dustin (Jackie), and Cory (Melissa) of Missoula, step-daughter Kari, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by siblings Nancy (Jim) Carver of Frenchtown, Susan (Mark) Fredenberg of Kalispell, Craig Carter (Jeannine) of Ontario, Oregon, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rest in peace, dearest Linda. You’ll be forever missed.
Memorial service will be Friday, August 19th at 1:00 PM, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Missoula; Father Steve Lantry officiating.