April 14, 1928 – May 3, 2011
Jane (“Janie”) Cooper died peacefully at her home at the Cascade Inn on May 3, 2011. She was 83
years old. Her last days were spent much as her life had been, with support from her friends and family,
with lively exchanges on many topics, with an exhibition of her irresistible charm and unwavering spirit,
and with an abundance of love.
Born April 14, 1928 in Grants Pass, Oregon, to Evelyn Carey Allen and Niel Richardson Allen, Janie
attended high school in Grants Pass and then attended Stanford University, receiving her B.A. in English
in 1950. A talented actress, she played roles in college productions. She worked during the summers in
her father’s law office in Grants Pass and, after she graduated, worked in advertising for the Grants
Pass newspaper. She married Martin M. Cooper in 1950 and they lived in Glendale, Oregon and then
Glendale, California, before settling in Mt. Shasta, California. They raised their children Tina, David
and Christopher in Mt. Shasta. When the marriage ended, Janie moved to Palo Alto, California to be
near her family, and then to the Cascade Inn in Vancouver, Washington.
Janie had a giving heart and great charm. She could light up a room with her engaging personality
and spirit. She loved to read and to write; her witty letters were a pleasure. She was a talented pianist
and loved to play to entertain her friends and family. She made friends for life and never forgot a
birthday or an anniversary, always sending a note to remember the occasion. She was loved by all who
She is survived by her three children, Tina Cooper (m. Steven Stathatos), David Cooper (m. Cynthia
Soffen) and Christopher Cooper (m. Georgene Nicklaus); seven grandchildren, Suzanne, Dan and Sean
Stathatos; Kathy, Kara and Sam Cooper; and Nicole Cooper; her nieces, Carey Marie Kiekel and
Carolyn Cooper, and her nephew Herbert (“Sarge”) Cooper. Her parents and her brother NielAllen
preceded her in death. She will be greatly missed.
Janie wished to becremated and laid to rest with her mother, father and brother at Hillcrest Memorial
Park at Grants Pass, Oregon. A celebration of life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the
family is requesting donations to the Red Cross.