Violetta Cooper (nee Morse) 1923-2014 

At the funeral service in Viney Hill Church on Wednesday 26th November 2014, the following potted history was delivered by the vicar from notes provided by husband, Herbert :


Violetta, known, to everyone as Vi was born in Alaston Mesne, but lived most of her life at Viney Hill, and attended Viney Hill school.
In her early working years she secured work at Whitecroft Pin Factory, travelling to work and back on foot. Vi then spent a couple of years at a provisions shop in Lydney.
During the war years Vi worked for the NAAFI serving the Gloucestershire area.
She met Herbert Cooper, the son of Walter and Beatrice, and Vi and Herbert were married at Viney Hill in October 1945.
Herbert and Vi had three children over the next 9 years, Philippa, Pauline and Graham. Whilst the children were growing up Vi worked as a Dinner Lady at Viney Hill School.
Following this period Vi returned to 'provisions' in Lydney where she could 'tot up the bill' faster than any machine,  the customers loved her. It is said that the customers preferred to be served by Vi. In later years, long after she had finished work, she was still recognised and greeted by old customers when Vi and Herbert visited Lydney for shopping.
Vi was a member of Viney Hill Methodist Chapel, but more recently attended Lydney Methodist Church.
Vi loved knitting and baking for her family. For holidays there was seaside camping with the family, it is said that she loved the water as long as it was no deepr than 12" deep. Caravanning came later, and whilst they were able Herbert and Vi loved winter holiday in Spain.
Vi had her own special sense of humour; when asked if she was alright she would reply "no, half left" and when asked if she wanted anything from the shops she would ask for "yes, a £50 note".


Vi, as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbour and good friend was much loved and will be sadly missed.




We sit and we think of times gone by

Trying our best not to cry

A Nan, a mum, a sister and wife

Caring & loving the whole of your life

A cousin, a daughter and also an aunt

Imagining you’re gone, well we just can’t

No popping around to say ‘hello’

Or tapping the window to wave ‘cheerio’

Not hearing you say ‘she’s got my hair’

Not having you here is hard to bear

We remember your baking & the things you knitted

In Aran jumpers we were all kitted

Your chocolate sponge & yummy fruit cakes

Your sparkling cutlery & scene setting plates

Down the garden for Sunday lunch

Chatting & laughing as we munched

Mills & Boon that you loved to read

New Year’s Eve parties & little Weed

Our walks in the woods with sweets in your pocket

Your golden chain with an oval locket

Having ‘elevenses’….biscuits and all!

Getting up early to watch the Bore

Watching Wendy curling your hair

Holding your Grandchildren with such care

Shopping is what you loved to do

And singing verses of ‘Skip to the Loo’

We remember you gardening in your Bra!

And mum trying to lift you onto your car

Caravan holidays and Pentewan Sands

Dancing on Wednesdays & holding hands

Jetting off to Benidorm

Chapel on Sundays, that was the norm

Nibbling at treats with a nudge and a wink

Flinging the dish cloth across the sink!

Thinking of you as we sit for a while

Picturing you here with your beautiful smile

Sixty nine years of marriage bliss

Nan, these are the things we will all miss

All of these memories & more we treasure

For Nan, you’re loved and remembered with pleasure


          By Michelle King - Grandaughter


In loving memory of Violetta Cooper


8th January 1923 - 15th November 2014

LTR: Ken, Allan, Aunty Vi, Roland, Uncle Herbert and Steve.

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