Sophie Cooley

(nee Petroff)

 

Sophie passed away March 12, 2018, after a short illness.  She was predeceased by her husband Jim, parents, Fanny and Stanley, and brother Fred.  She is survived by children Kathy, Carol (Doug), Colleen and Dennis (Julie), brother Jack (Gayle) and many nieces and nephews.  She also leaves behind her beloved grandsons Andrew, Jeff, Alex, Jackie, Jake, and Stanley who were devoted to their grammy.  Mom lived her life with quiet dignity and endless kindness.  She taught us all the grace of surrender which is, in the end, the toughest and most meaningful part of living. She had a quiet determination.  In a time when women were claiming their rights, our mother went to work to carve out her place in the world.  She taught her children the importance of self-reliance. Her friendships with people throughout her life brought comfort and joy to her and to them.  She offered a compassionate ear and unrelenting loyalty to those who were special to her.  Mom celebrated her 85th birthday on March 5th.  She was showered with phone calls, cards, emails, and flowers from caring friends and family in far off places and from those on the street where she lived.  Her friendship with her dearest friend, Shirley Trakalo, meant so much in her last months.  She had a nightly routine of climbing into bed and calling Shirley to chat about the day's events.  They shared many secrets and formed a mutual admiration society. Mom's last few weeks were a testament to the way she lived her life.  Friends visited or called.  Family members who could visit did.  Those who couldn't made sure she knew how much they loved her.  Her children honoured her wish to die at home surrounded by their love.  Mom was the heart of our family, through life's ups and downs.  It was her love that was our touchstone.  Arrangements by the Boyce Funeral Home, 138 Daniel Street North, Arnprior. Friends are invited to a come-and-go tea Saturday March 24, 2018 between 2-4 p.m. at 113 Wolff Crescent, Arnprior.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.