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Leola Williams Cooper, of Austin, passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on January 26, 2013 at the Christopher House. She was 97 years old.

Leola was born August 7, 1915 in Browndell, Texas, the middle child of Arthur Daniel Williams and Lillie Frances Cole.

She attended J.H. Reagan High School in Houston and opened her own beauty salon in Harrisburg, Texas. She married Leslie Wayne Cooper in 1939 and moved to Kingsville, Texas. She moved back to Houston in 1949 and worked for American General Insurance Company until her retirement in 1977. She spent her retirement years living on Lake Buchanan and in Austin. Leola was an active member of Silver Creek Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary Lake Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department. She was an avid reader and enjoyed cross-stitching and working jigsaw puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Wayne Cooper; her parents, Arthur and Lillie Williams; and a sister, Opal Williams Hopson.

Leola is survived by her daughter, Doris Treadwell; grandson, Alan B. Treadwell, and wife, Debora; her granddaughter, Kelly Treadwell Byrd, and husband, Robert Byrd; and two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Tyler Byrd.

She is also survived by her sister, Marie Robinson and husband, Don; nieces Daphne Hodges, Donna Robinson, and Janet Hudson and husband Ricky. Her survivors also include numerous great-nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to the many doctors and nurses at Seton Medical Center Cardiac Unit and the Christopher House who cared for Leola during her final days.

A private family service celebrating her life will be held at Weeks Chapel in Jasper, Texas. An online guest book may be signed through the Weed-Corley-Fish website at www.wcfish.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lone Star Eye Bank: P.O Box 347, Manor, TX 78653 or to the Christopher House: 2820 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78702.