Lucia Angelica Espin Cooper was born December 14, 1948 to Rogelio and Mafalda Polli Espin in Tucuman, Argentina and passed away at the age of 73 on September 26, 2022 in St. George, Utah from complications of Dementia/Alzheimer disease. She had three older sisters, Mafalda Yoli, Esthela and Ernestina and one younger sister, Amalia which is the only one living. There was an older brother, Rogelio (Roger) who passed away earlier.
Lucia joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at age eight along with most of her family in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yoli and Esthela filled full time missions in Argentina. In 1973 the family moved to Salt Lake City and later to Mesa, Arizona where Lucia met and married Gary Cooper. They lived their first 25 years in northern California in Oakland, Heyward, San Francisco, San Jose and Gilroy where Lucia had much of the care and responsibility of their children while Gary traveled internationally with his work. They moved to St. George, Utah in 1989.
Lucia was very active serving in the church in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society. She was a dental technician when the children went to school and later organized and operated an Elderly Care Home in St. George, Utah for some 15 years in her own home which she redecorated and remodeled for the business.
Lucia had many great talents in cooking, decorating, and as a seamstress making her own clothes as well as for her children and others. There was no task or job that she would not take on. “It cannot be done” was never in her vocabulary. If she had a mind to do it, she would do it. Nothing was beyond her imagination.
Lucia and Gary have three boys, Bart, James, Brandon and one daughter, Katrina. They have 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
The family appreciates the loving care given to Lucia by Beehive Homes.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 11:00am at the Bloomington Hills 5th Ward building 1130 E. Brigham Rd, St. George, UT. A viewing will be prior to services from 10:00-10:45am at the same location. The funeral service will be live-streamed, click on the link below.
Interment in the Tonaquint Cemetery, St. George, Utah