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The Late Mrs. Mary Eliza Cooper Horton was born in Harper City Cape Palmas, Maryland Liberia on February 29, 1928, to the union of Mr. Henry Jenkins Roosevelt Cooper and Mrs. Lucinda Anne Smythe Cooper where she was the third child of her parents four children and the third of 12 siblings by her father which includes seven brothers and four sisters.

Mary Eliza attended the College of West Africa (C.W.A) and graduated in 1947.

In 1952, Mary Eliza was awarded a scholarship along with four others to travel to the United States of America; one of the four awarded this scholarship was her longtime friend Ms. Muriel Best. She matriculated at the Blackwell College in Maryland, USA where she studied Court Reporting.

Upon her completion she returned home and briefly worked as a Court Reporter with the Ministry of Justice under the tenure of the Late C. Abayomi Cassell. In 1954, Mary Eliza was privileged to have worked with the Late President William V.S. Tubman as one of his Executive Secretaries for ten (10) consecutive years (1954 – 1964) along with Walter Moore, Phillip Brumskine and Mai Padmore.

On November 11, 1956, she was joined in Holy Matrimony with the Late Hon. Dr. Alexander Romeo Horton for forty-nine (49) unbroken years until his death in December of 2005; she was born Episcopalian but later joined her husband’s church St. Simon Baptist.

After the 1980 Military Coup d’ Etat, Mr. & Mrs. Horton and family relocated to the United States of America to Wyncote, Pennsylvania where they bought a home. In 1985, as part of her fulfillment to religious obligation, Mary Eliza worked as Executive Secretary to the Late Rev. William T. Harvey Head of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention Headquarters in Philadelphia for fifteen (15) years until she retired in 2000.

Mary Eliza was a devout Christian and has served the Lord her entire life. She was a Member & Deaconess of the St. Simon Baptist Church on Horton Avenue Capitol By Pass since 1958, making it sixty-one (61) years of fellowship and service where she was Secretary for several years. She was also a Watch Care Member & Deaconess of the Salem Baptist Church in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania USA from 1980 - 2005. On the lines of her social affiliations Mary Eliza was a member of the International Women’s Club Ducor Palace Monrovia from 1970 where she enjoyed the sisterhood, cultural activities and social values shared. She was Associate Matron & Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Tharah Chapter No. 14 Bomi Hills, Liberia. In her private life Mary Eliza was a fond lover of beautiful flowers and had a serious “Green thumb”; she spent much of her spare time working in the soil and always kept a wide variety of beautiful flowers in her garden. In her entrepreneurial nature, she had this driving ambition to be creative and productive. Over the years she built several homes and successfully established a large rubber and palm farm in 1952, located in Totota City/Sonoyea Bong County, Liberia still in operation after sixty-seven (67) years.

Mary Eliza was affectionately known by many names: she was called MEC by her Late father, Sweetheart by her Late husband, by her family Aunt Mai, Cousin Mai Liza, her brother in law Chuchu called her Pettigrew after his late maternal grandmother, Big Mama by her grandchildren and Mary E. by her close friends and relations. She was an extremely beautiful and classy lady inside and out, she was a woman of dignity, integrity, moral rectitude and exhibited those qualities by the manner in which she lived her life; she was a Humanitarian with a big heart and a warm friendly personality who loved everyone; she was a sweet, loving and soft spoken woman with a gentle and kind spirit. Mary Eliza was also a loving and nurturing mother always there to guide and counsel everyone.

On August 14, 2019, after a brief period of illness the Lord called her name and the trumpets were blown, Mrs. Mary Eliza Cooper quietly and peacefully passed away at the Fidelity Health Care in Sinkor Monrovia, Liberia. Mrs. Mary Eliza Cooper Horton was predeceased by her husband the Late Hon. Dr. Alexander Romeo Horton, grandson Romeo Stefan Horton, her brothers Edwin, Jenkins, Roosevelt, Boston, Eugene, Francis & Eldrich, her sisters Eugenia Cooper Gardiner and Magdalene Cooper Johnson, her sister in law Alice Danlette, her brother in law Stephen Augustus Pettigrew, She is survived by her aunt Annie Cooper Marquis, her sisters Angelique Cooper Jones (Dr. Jacob A. Jones) and Lucinda Cooper Anderson, cousins James H.R. Cooper Sr. (Evita) and Melita Cummings, brother in law Francis L. M. Horton Sr. (Augusta), her brothers surviving widows: Luisa (Jenkins), Eleanor (Francis) & Marjorie (Eugene), her brother in law surviving widow Valerie (Stephen), her children Danlette Nuna, Kaima Taylor (Robert), Maureen Mason, Shephard (Kelly), Renee (Louis), Romelle Alexine, John Youboty (Margaret), John Horton (Martha) & Noel Tehoungue (Bentoe), her grand-children, great grand-children, cousins, nieces, nephews, God Sons: Amb. Timothy E. Thomas and Lester Parker III, God daughters: Rita Thompson, Trypetus Cooper Padmore, Dr. Lisa Angeline Cooper, Sharon Tubman Green and Juliet E. Cooper Allen along with a host of close relatives, friends and associates.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Removal of the body from the Anderson Funeral Home:

Friday, September 6, 2019
5:00 P.M.

Wake Keeping:

St. Simon Baptist Church Horton Avenue Capitol By Pass

Friday, September 6, 2019
6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Funeral Service:
St. Simon Baptist Church Horton Avenue Capitol By Pass

Saturday, September 7, 2019
9:00 A.M.


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