Kelly "Coop" Pope
Kelly “Coop” Pope was born in Birmingham, AL on November 3rd, 1962 and passed
on October 26th, 2022. She was the epitome of a true 70’s hippie free-spirit who loved
life, loved music, but most of all, loved her family with everything she had. Growing up,
her dream was to be “a Go Go Dancer with Go Go Boots, or a flying nun.” Ultimately,
she had a very successful career in Birmingham with multiple advertising agencies,
allowing her to connect with a wide variety of people, most of whom came to know and
love her. She also had the perks of scoring some great seats at some amazing shows,
getting to rock out to her favorites- Pearl Jam, Matchbox Twenty, THE CURE, Greta
Van Fleet, Jack White and many many more. She had a lyric for every situation that life
threw her way and her personality lit up any room she walked in.
Kelly attended Huffman High School where she found her friends for life in her
“Huffmanettes” and went on to attend the University of Alabama, where she was a
sister in Alpha Omicron Pi (Roll Tide).
Kelly Pope is survived by her loving husband John Pope, daughters Erin Hill (Joe) and
Ashley Ables (Brett), grandson Aidan Walker Hill and a new Baby Hill on the way;
Father Joseph Cooper (Betsy); Brother Chris Cooper (Rita) and niece, Jasmine Kelly
Cooper; Mother-in-Law Judy “Nanny” Pope, Brother-in-Law Greg Pope (Nikki, Anna, Stephanie, Layni), Sister-in-Law Beth Brown (David, Justin, Jordan, Jana), Sister-in-Law Stacey Fell (John and Reilly); in addition to a number of fur babies who she loved and cared for over the years. She is proceeded in death by her mother, Helen T. Hartley “Mommsie” “The General”,
her grandmother Naomi Cooper “Mimps”, and her father-in-law, Paul John Pope II.
A word from her daughters: In a world that can be very dark, our mom brought so
much light. We will take our mother with us for the rest of our lives and look back
fondly on the memories we created together- the concerts, the vacations and just the
simple times watching movies at home and laughing together. She shaped us into the
people we are today and we hope we are capable of shedding some of that same light
on the world. We will tell our friends and children about who she was and how beautiful
she was inside and out. Ma, Mama, we will never forget how it feels to embrace you
and walk into a house that smells like your cooking. Your words of wisdom, your
kindness and willingness to help others, and your recipes will follow us forever. We
love you so much. For those struggling with Depression, we encourage you to talk to someone, seek help or call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. A Memorial & Celebration of Life arrangements to be held at Clubhouse of Highland from 4pm – 8pm on Thursday, November 3rd – Kelly’s 60th Birthday.
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