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Melissa Kaye Cooper

March 2, 1992 ~ January 18, 2019 (age 26)

Melissa Kaye Cooper, 26, of Kingwood, WV, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Melissa was born on March 2, 1992, in Ft. Polk, Louisiana, a daughter of Gary Franklin Cooper Jr. and his fiancée Heather Whittaker of Albright, WV and Cindy (Gordy) Cooper and fiancé Richard “Dick” Coddington Jr. of Bruceton Mills, WV. Melissa was a 2010 graduate of Preston High School in Kingwood and a 2014 graduate of the Art Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. She loved working with her art projects, Fur Comicon, and especially loved travel on Amtrak and loved life. In addition to her parents she is survived by her brothers and sisters, Cody and Kristi Cooper of Nemalcolin, PA., Taylor Cooper of Bruceton Mills, WV, Hunter Whittaker of Albright, WV and Nicole Coddington and partner John Collins of Deer Park, MD; her Aunt Melynda “Mac” (Cooper) and husband, Chris Jones of Waynesburg, PA; maternal grandparents, Gerald & Louise Welch of Hicks, LA and  Jeanette & Robert Gordy of Hicks, LA; Honorary grandmother, Ma Ma Aunt Kala Gordy of Hicks, LA. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Gary and Linda (Maxwell) Cooper. Friends will be received at the Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel, 295 South Price on Monday, January 21, 2019 from 12 noon to the 2 pm memorial service at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Kelly Gamble officiating. Cremation was handled by the Rotruck-Lobb Crematory at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Kingwood. Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at

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