Obituary for Ellen Cooper Carty

carty ellen cooperEllen Cooper Carty of Pulaski, VA, completed her earthly journey on September 3, 2023, at Lynchburg General Hospital. Ellen Lucille Cooper was born on December 30, 1931, the daughter of Merit Jordan Cooper and Ollie Gay Simpkins.

In addition to her parents, Ellen was preceded in death by her beloved husband Walter J. Carty; her daughter, Susan Lynn Barnes; grandson Travis Layne Carty; sisters Emma Marie Craig and Jaquita Cooper Edney; and brother Merit Jordan Cooper, Jr.

She is survived by a son Kelly Glen Carty (Jill) of Pulaski; granddaughter Lana Carty; granddaughter Jessica Barnes Cortes (Manuel); granddaughter Leslie Carty Newsome (Kevin).

She is also survived by her brother Gary Robert Cooper, Sr (Peggy) of Forest, VA with whom she lived the last 18 months of her life. She also leaves her nephew and caregiver Gary Robert Cooper, Jr. as well as other nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.

Ellen was a Godly woman and spent her entire life helping others and putting others before herself. She received her RN cap from Medical College of Virginia (1952) and served in that capacity until she retired. Even after retirement, Ellen would respond to calls for help from her friends and neighbors. She often said that her purpose in life was to help people, and she certainly fulfilled that purpose. Even though she herself was in pain, she always answered a call from others.

Services will be held on Friday, September 9, at Pulaski First Church of the Brethren, 1749 Newbern Road, Pulaski 24501. Visitation is at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Service at 12:00pm with internment at 2:00pm at Highland Memory Garden, Dublin, VA

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her name should be sent to the Pulaski First Church of the Brethren. Ellen loved her church family and was a lifelong member of that church.

The family is in the care of Norris Funeral Services, Pulaski Chapel. Online condolences may be sent by visiting