Mrs. Mary Nell Cooley


Mrs. Mary Nell Cooley, 83 of Graceville passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at the Northwest Florida Community Hospital Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness.

Mrs. Mary Nell was born August 29, 1939, in West Ridge, AR to the late James Edward Wilkins and Mamie Lois Ratliff Wilkins. She was a bus driver in South Florida with Okeechobee and Martin Counties before moving to the Graceville area in 1991. Mrs. Mary Nell was also a Certified Nursing Assistant. She not only was gifted in music by playing the mandolin and organ, she also had a gift of sewing and crocheting. Mrs. Mary Nell was an ordained minister in the Pentecostal church. In moving to Graceville, she became an active member of New Home Baptist Church.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband George Cooley, Jr., three sons Bruce Fowler, Charles Melton Cooley, Lawrence David Cooley, daughters Rebecca Perez, Barbara Jean Cooley, granddaughter Ann Cooley, grandson Matthew Ryan Cooley, great grandson John Cooley, Jr., sister Kathleen Cooley (Charles), brother-in-law Joe Cooley (Grace), daughter-in-law, Mercedes Perez.

Survived by her children Tina Sadler (Robert), Julie Cooley (John), Timothy Cooley, George Michael Cooley (Janet), Aaron John Cooley, Stevie Joe Cooley (Lori), Michael Perez, Joey Perez, thirty-six grandchildren, host of great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Dalton and Eloise Bryant.

A Home-going service will be held 2 p.m. (CST), Saturday, December 3, 2022, at New Home Baptist Church with Bro. Brian Taylor and Bro. Chester Padgett officiating. Burial will follow in church cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing.

Family will receive friends at the church Saturday, 1 p.m. until time of service.

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