Madeline Cooper, 85, of West Haven, entered eternal rest on April 7, 2018. She was the widow of Rufus Cooper.

Mrs. Cooper was born in Mesic, NC on July 29, 1932 a daughter of the late Fodie and Emma Ollison.

Prior to retiring, she was employed by the City of New Haven Board of Education as an Early Childhood Education Teacher.

She leaves to cherish loving memories, sons, Rufus Cooper, Jr. (Stephanie) and Dennis Cooper (Crystal); sisters, Delilah Smith, Bee Minor and Reva Gibbs; grandchildren, Darryl, Brandon and Dennis Cooper II; great-grandchildren, Madeline Cooper and Darryl Cooper, Jr.; a daughter in-law, Sherrie Cooper; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a son, Alvin Cooper; brothers, Fodie and Josephus Ollison; and a sister, Lilly Whitney.

A celebration of Mrs. Cooper’s life and legacy will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM at Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Viewing will be held from 8:00-9:00 AM. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.