Ursel Rita Plessala Cooley
February 19, 1930 — May 29, 2013
Ursel Rita Plessala Cooley passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Teche Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Berwick on Feb. 19, 1920, and afterward was baptized into the St. Stephens Catholic Church in Berwick.
She completed her journey on this earth at 7:22 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the age of 83.
Ursel lived in Berwick and attended schools there. She attended Berwick High School until the 12th grade when she dropped out to help support her family by working long hours in the crab factory. She worked at several different jobs in the Berwick and Morgan City areas supporting her two daughters and one son. She worked at Franklins on Front Street, Diana Dress Shop, Catos where she became assistant manager for a time, and also for pharmacist Sammy and Cathy Russo as a nanny to their children.
Ursel loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, watching TV, walking, and fellowshipping with her friends in the Roadrunners and Golden Angels of the First Baptist Church. Ursel became a member of the First Baptist Church in 1972 when it was still on Federal Avenue in Morgan City where she was active until her illness overcame her.
Ursel will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by two daughters, Jackie Babin and husband, Donovan, of Morgan City and Doris Blanchard and husband, Julius, of Amelia; and one son, Wayne Cooley and wife, Mary, of Houston.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Harding and wife, Nicole, of Addis, Marisa Nolan and husband, Jason, of Lancaster, Calif., Tia Morris of Brooklyn, Miss., and Robert Palmer and wife, Stacy, also of Brooklyn, Miss.; and her seven great-grandchildren, Elijah and Connor Nolan, Grayson Harding, Blair and Blane Palmer, and Cameron and Jaxson Morris.
Ursel will be missed by her nurse caretaker, Nicole Carter, who devotedly and tenderly took care of her for the last years of her illness. The family would like to express thanks for the love and attention given to Ursel by Dr. Natalie Dishman, her attending physician, by those at Amedisys Home Healthcare in Houma, the 6th floor staff at Teche Regional, and Bayou Health Elderly and Disabled Care.
Ursel was preceded in death by her parents, August and Eva Hebert Plessala; and her four sisters, Marie Melancon, Ione Evans, Joyce Sowell and Isabel Fage.
A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, May 31, 2013, at the Hargrave Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitation will resume Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 8 a.m. until the time of services at Hargrave Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday June 1, 2013, at Hargrave Funeral Home with the Monsignor Douglas Courville of St. Stephens Catholic Church of Berwick officiating.
Serving as pallbearers will be Joshua Harding, Jason Nolan, Elijah Nolan, Melvin Brown, Charles Taylor, Darrell O’Neal and Papouse Fage.
A graveside service will be held at the Morgan City Cemetery following the funeral. After the graveside services a celebration of life and memories will be held at the funeral home.
Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.hargravefuneralhome.com.