Funeral Service - Friday, May 12, 2023, 11:00 AM at Wetzel and Son, Willow Grove
Funeral Home -
Wetzel and Son Funeral Home
- 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Gentiva Hospice - 1210 Northbrook Dr. Suite 220, Feasterville, PA 19053 - 215-322-5746 - Map
Family Florist -
- 220 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-6700 - Map
The following obituary was written by Anna’s family.
Anna Kandakai Cooper of Monrovia, Liberia passed away peacefully on May 4th, 2023. She was 70 years old. Anna was born April 24, 1953 in Monrovia, Liberia, daughter of the late Christopher Kei Kandakai 1st and the late Sadie Bennetta Coleman Kandakai. Anna was married to Randolph C.J. Cooper and through their union three children were born - Randolph R.L. Cooper, Sonia T. Cooper Pinkney (husband Steven), Kei C.J. Cooper (wife Kiahhn), Grandmother of Layonnie, Dallas, Kelsey, Kayla, Sori, Jahzara, Cai, Kymani, and Cooper, Aunt to a host of nieces and nephews, her eldest siblings include Victoria Renner, Louise Kendakai, Cornelia Obeng, Grace Kendakai, and the late Christopher Kendakai II. She will be missed by her church family, BCS Worldwide, where she was a faithful member for 30 years.
Anna was educated at Bromley Mission boarding school. Anna came to the United States at the young age of 16 and attended Western college preparatory high school (now Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts) in Washington, DC. She continued her education at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD.
Upon her return to Liberia in 1974 she began her career at the Ministry of Agriculture as Deputy Personnel Director. She was subsequently recruited to Monrovia City Corporation where she served as Personnel Director, Deputy Mayor, then Acting Mayor of Monrovia. While serving as Deputy Mayor she also started a private business as a restaurateur. Her restaurant was located in Pan African Plaza, one of the most luxurious office buildings in Liberia. It is now home to the United Nations office of Liberia. Upon her return to the United States in 1983, Anna started a successful career as a retail cosmetologist. She was invited to meet Cher after routinely achieving top sales of Cher's perfume line. After almost 20 years in cosmetology her personable, caring nature led her to a new venture as a healthcare professional.
Anna lived the commandments "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself". Living in Washington, DC where there is significant tourist activity and festivals, she would routinely spend time sharing literature and preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. For over 35 years Anna was part of the homeless feeding program created by her sister Cornelia-Peace Healing Home in Washington, DC. She led the Women's Fellowship group, visited retired missionaries, wheelchair bound, and sick and shut in members to provide companionship and support. Due to her extensive work in the church she was recently ordained as “Blessed Mother".
Anna's life was one of love, courage and service to mankind. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her.
There was a private viewing and service Friday, May 12, 2023.
Religious services will be conducted by Chaplain Graceson from Gentiva Hospice.
Please contact the family to express your condolences.
Family flowers arranged by Kremp Florist 215-657-6700.
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