Janet Cooley

Janet Louise Brooks Cooley died April 28, 2019, in the early morning. She was born Aug. 5, 1935 in Mesa, to Lewis Henry Brooks and Katie Mae Williams. She was the second child of five.

Janet married and was sealed to Dean Lavere Cooley for time and all eternity Nov. 28, 1952 in the Mesa Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Together they led and guided their family towards happiness with love, endurance, and faith for over 66 years.

When she was not caring for her family, she was out serving others. If she was in her home, she normally was busy crocheting bandages or hats, or quilting blankets to help those in need; and if she was not at home, you could find her out and about serving her neighbors and being an active participant in the Church. She was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thanks to her beliefs, she did all she could to help others feel the love God has for them. She exemplified the definition of a true Christian.


She is survived by her children, Deborah Whiting (Rex) of Taylor, Janice Paladino of White Mountain Lakes, Michael Cooley (Christine) of Mesa, Lori Johnson (Daniel) of Delta, Utah, Sena Hall (Larry) of Mesa, Celeste Johnson (Kenneth) of Springville, Utah and Deanna Richmond (Ken) of Snowflake; sister Patty Shumway; 41 grandchildren, 103 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, their son John, sons-in-law: David Paladino and Eric Nicolls, grandson Andrew Whiting and many others who were joyfully waiting to welcome her back home.

Her legacy of love and selflessness will be carried on through everything she did. A celebration of life and farewells will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Lehi Stake Center, 1430 N. Grand in Mesa, with a viewing before at 9 a.m. An additional viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Silver Creek Mortuary in Taylor.

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