Judith (Judy) Ranta


June 5, 2019 — Judith (Judy) Ranta was born Nov. 16, 1938, in Philadelphia, Penn. Her parents were Fredrick W. Brink and Doris Lippincott Brink.

Having been a U.S. Navy junior and the wife of a U.S. Marine Corps aviator, she had lived on the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast, as well as Mid-America, Japan and Hawaii before eventually in Oregon.

During her long life, she reared eight children (five of whom were adopted); was a den mother; traveled 48 of the United States for a year with six little children while her husband served in Okinawa, Japan, as an officer in the Marine Corps; was a volunteer director for the American Field Service student exchange program in Hawaii; placed more than 200 international children into adoptive homes, primarily in Hawaii; volunteered to prepare and serve soup at the Florence Free Lunch Program for many years; volunteered at Florence Habitat for Humanity on the family selection committee for about 10 years; and was the office manager for her husband’s tax preparation business.

She died May 15, 2019, of Alzheimer’s disease. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Roger Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Roger Ranta; her brother, Fredrick W. Brink, Jr.; her children: Heidi Fillo, Timothy Ranta, James Ranta, Peter Ranta, Margaret Ranta, Helena Fitzgerald, Kecia Classen and Cougar Lind; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on June 15, at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw in Florence. Any gifts given in her memory can be made to the Florence Habitat for Humanity or to the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw memorial fund. 

COOPER—Anola Beth Cooper, 85, beloved wife and friend to so many, went to be with our Lord on March 2, 2019.

She was born Dec. 30, 1933, in Selma, Calif., the only child of Clara and Ewald Rasmussen. A graduate of Selma High School, Anola went on to earn her license in cosmetology.

Anola and her husband, Bob, moved to Florence in 1991 upon their retirements. They both quickly made friends who became family to them in their early years of living in Florence.

The couple split their time between Florence and Anola’s childhood home in Selma for many years. Anola enjoyed working during her early retirement years to help fulfill her love engaging with people.

She knew everyone and was loved by everyone who knew her.

Anola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Garry Clements; husband Robert Cooper; and her grandson.

She is survived by two grandchildren and many family and friends in both Selma and Florence. A cele bration of her life will be held at the Florence Senior Center, 1570 Kingwood, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

In lieu of flowers, friends ask for contributions to be made to a favorite organization that helps support and better the community that Anola so loved.

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