Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Different Sort of Birthday

Today is my dear, little mother's ninety-fourth birthday!  We are celebrating it in a different sort of way this year.  We are celebrating without her.  On the other hand, we're sure she is having a celebration in Heaven that we can't even begin to imagine!  The day has been filled with hard spots throughout the day, phones call to check in with me, hugs and text messages to and from family and many, many memories we cherish.  Just a year ago today we had a wonderful lunch with her and some of our family.
My mother lived a long, full life and she left a legacy that money can't buy. Here's what I wrote for her memorial service.  It was hard to put ninety-three years into a small space but this is her story.

Carol was born February 12, 1923 in Lompoc, California. Her parents were Clifford and Mildred (Hooker) Cooper.  She committed her life to the Lord when she was 15 years old. Following graduation from high school she worked as assistant librarian at the Lompoc library for two years. She attended Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle from 1943-45, where she studied Christian Education. While at Simpson she met the love of her life, James (Jim) Thompson. They were married on June 24, 1945.

Jim and Carol moved to Salem, Oregon where he began his ministry as assistant pastor at the Christian & Missionary alliance Church. Through the years, she served as a very active minister's wife in the churches where her husband was the pastor in Granite Falls and Everett (Pinehurst), Washington, as well as in Bend, Springfield and Milwaukie, Oregon.

In 1963 they moved to Canby. Jim and Carol traveled extensively through the U.S. and Canada for 15 years to conduct evangelistic meetings, Bible camps and Kids' Crusades in churches of various denominations. They organized a new Alliance Church in Ketchikan, Alaska and served on staff at Canby Grove Conference Center. They were honored by the Christian & Missionary Alliance for 50 years of service.

For several years, Carol served as secretary to the director of Love Your Neighbor Ministries, a Gresham (Oregon) based chaplain ministry to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Carol was a woman of deep faith and prayer. When she prayed, God answered. She touched the lives of people wherever she went. She led countless children, teens and adults to the Lord during her lifetime. She led a ladies' Bible Study in her home until recently and she was a spiritual mentor to many people of all ages.


  1. What a wonderful, giving, and purposeful life she had. You were so lucky to have her with you for so many years and leave you with such a proud legacy.

  2. Thanks for sharing. Although I'm a day late. I'm still sending hugs. ~Jeanne

  3. Awe...what a wonderful memorial story. I love what you wrote and her life had purpose and it was to bring glory and honor to our Lord. What a legacy she left behind...Oh yes, the kind I want to leave! Thank you for sharing this. My granny's birthday was Feb 12th and I miss her terribly. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. Such a lovely tribute to your sweet mother, Adrienne. She surely did leave a wonderful legacy. Hugs, Nancy

  5. Thank you for sharing some of the highlights of your mother's life. She is the type of Godly woman I would have liked to have known. I can only imagine all of the wisdom she had through her many years serving the Lord. Praying for you and thinking of you as you continue to adjust to her homegoing. ((Hugs))


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