2002 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representative Smith (35th), Thomas

House Resolution 21

(As Adopted by House)


     WHEREAS, Ms. Beulah Bell Narmour Cooper was born February 18, 1902, in Choctaw County, Mississippi, to Jim Abner and Mary Lillian Bell Narmour; and

     WHEREAS, the second child of five children, Ms. Cooper moved to the Mississippi Delta in 1916, attending school in Sunflower County, Mississippi, and residing in the Marie Community; and

     WHEREAS, Ms. Cooper, united in holy matrimony with Cornelius Gooding Cooper on February 21, 1920, at the First Baptist Church of Indianola, Mississippi, and to their union two daughters, Esther and Ruth, were born; and

     WHEREAS, Ms. Cooper maintained an active life, caring for her disabled mother, keeping her home, garden and flowers, attending the needs of her husband and children and graciously assisting her neighbors in infinite capacities; and

     WHEREAS, an avid reader, Ms. Cooper reads her Bible daily and enjoys the melodious reverberations of tunes sung and played on the piano, which create the nostalgic sensation of singing trio with her two sisters; and

     WHEREAS, Ms. Cooper, a genuine heroine at heart, entered into a neighbor's burning home, awakening the potential victim and ushering her to safety before the firemen's arrival; and

     WHEREAS, incurring broken hips after falls in 1993 and 1997, Ms. Cooper, with a strong will and an abundance of prayer, was determined to overcome hardship by priding herself, not allowing her injury to impose barriers on her life, but continued to administer her self-care and her business affairs; and

     WHEREAS, Ms. Cooper, who is continuously blessed by God, is showered with love by her two daughters, Esther and Ruth; five grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; and

     WHEREAS, it is the policy of the House of Representatives of the State of Mississippi to recognize and commend such outstanding citizens as Ms. Beulah Bell Narmour Cooper, whose dedication in service to God, her family and fellowman epitomizes the standards of motherhood and extraordinary citizenry:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend and congratulate Ms. Beulah Bell Narmour Cooper on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Ms. Beulah Bell Narmour Cooper and members of the Capitol Press Corps.