Gloria Jean Koop
Gloria Jean Koop, 73, was born July 21, 1945 in Dodge City, Kansas to Ira and Margaret Sklar. She passed with all of her beloved family present on Friday, February 1, 2019. Gloria is survived by her husband, Lesley Thomas Koop; mother, Margaret Sklar; brothers, Darrel Sklar and wife Mary, Ira Sklar Jr (IC) and wife Debbie; children, Leah Hicks and husband Clinton, Ronda Rusk and husband Michael, Michele Orsak and husband Keith, and Lance Koop and wife Melissa; grandchildren, Cole Hicks and wife Kassie, Kara Stevens and husband Skylar, Heath Gresham, Reese Rusk, Reed Rusk, Ross Orsak, Whitney Taylor and husband Kody, Haley Orsak, Lane Koop, and Paxton Koop; great-grandchildren, Kassidy Hicks, Campton Hicks, Keegan Hicks, Callaway Hicks, McAlister Hicks, Koop Hicks, Owen Stevens, and Grayson Taylor; as well as many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her dad, Ira Sklar. Gloria graduated in 1963, from Edna High School. She was married in September 1963, to Lesley Koop and they have been married for 55 years. Early on, she worked as a seamstress before working with Mac Lee DDS for several years, then the majority of her career as a bookkeeper for JG Stone Oil Company. Gloria will be remembered for her creative and artistic style as well as a caring spirit and commitment to family and friends. She was an exceptional seamstress. She made baby doll and Barbie doll dresses when her girls were young. As her girls aged, she sewed cheer and drill team outfits, and prom and bridesmaid dresses. She even made the altar runners for St. Paul Lutheran Church that were used for years. Gloria also loved to decorate. Her house was always decorated for every season and especially her favorite holiday – Easter. She also loved to garden. She had a green thumb and could grow anything. She loved music and loved to dance. Gloria loved to shop but she was a bargain hunter. Gloria’s greatest joy was watching her kids become active and loving adults and becoming a grandma. She loved attending all their sports and activities, the grandkids’ parties, and especially spoiling the grandchildren with candy, ice cream, and sodas. The family would like to thank everyone who has cared for Gloria over the past several years especially Southbrooke Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Edna, Texas and Crown Hospice of Victoria. Their love and support to her and the family was sincerely treasured. Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to Crown Hospice of Victoria, 1101 Salem Road #A, Victoria, Texas 77904 or St. Paul Lutheran, 108 E Gayle Street, Edna, Texas 77957. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., on Monday, Feb. 4, in the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. Pastor Paul Kaiser will be officiating. To express condolences, please visit Oaklawn Funeral Home at http://oaklawnfhednatx.com.