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Vivian L. Cooley

November 25, 1933 May 18, 2018
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Vivian L. Cooley, 84, Galesburg, died at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at home surrounded by family.

She was born November 25, 1933, in Elba Center, the daughter of Floyd and Vera (Adams) Brittingham. She was raised and educated near Yates City. She attended Yates City High School and graduated from Roseville High School in 1951.

Vivian married Robert (Bob) Cooley on November 20, 1951, at the First United Methodist Church in Galesburg, IL.

Vivian served with Bob for fourteen years as an army wife. They lived in Colorado, California, Washington, Germany, and Wisconsin. She worked at Maytag for one year, while Bob served in Vietnam. She worked at Gale Products for sixteen years.  Vivian was a member at Lake Bracken County Club for many years. She enjoyed playing golf, socializing, and vacationing with friends. She spent most of her time with family. She enjoyed taking care of and attending activities for her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She made each of them feel like they were her favorite.

Survivors include her husband, Robert (Bob) Cooley, children, Mike (Lynn) Cooley of Massillon, Ohio and Diane (Brad) Wunder of Knoxville; four grandchildren, Jenny (Ben) Bredemeier of Galesburg, Jamie (Chris) Marks of Massillon, Ohio, Bobby Wunder of Davenport, IA, and Scott (Denise) Cooley of Dover, Ohio; 5 great-grandchildren, Cole, Emily, Ella, Max, and Scarlett; Special nieces: Marci Hogan, Alexis Hogan, and Staci Brittingham, and sister-in-laws, Karen Brittingham, Marjorie Osborne, and Beverly Hix and brother-in-law, Richard (Janet) Cooley.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law, Delores (Lewis) Henry, her brothers, David Brittingham, and Gene Brittingham. 

Visitation will be from 5:30-7:00 pm on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg. Arrangements have been entrusted with Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg.  Memorials may be made to Safe Harbor or the Galesburg Public Library Foundation.

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5:30 PM 5/24/2018 5:30:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/24/2018 7:00:00 PM
Watson-Thomas Funeral Home & Crematory

1849 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

Watson-Thomas Funeral Home & Crematory
1849 North Seminary Street Galesburg 61401 IL
United States





11:00 AM 5/25/2018 11:00:00 AM
Memorial Park Cemetery

1950 W. Main St.
Galesburg , Illinois 61401

Memorial Park Cemetery
1950 W. Main St. Galesburg 61401 Illinois
United States

Memorial Contribution

Galesburg Public Library

Safe Harbor


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