Mollye Maureen Cooper (Nee Coe)

Mollye Maureen Cooper (Nee Coe) passed away on September 3 2021 in Las Vegas, NV with her son Dan at her side.  Mollye was born on September 26, 1932 in Jefferson City, MO.  Her father William H. Coe was a former Alderman and Mayor of Hermann. Her mother Maureen (Dietzel) was active in Historic Hermann and was the driving force behind the establishment of the Sesquicentennial Park.   Mollye was a 1950 graduate of Hermann High School and attended Milliken University.   Mollye married John C. Sparks in 1952 and they had two sons John and Daniel.  The majority of the marriage was spent in Carthage, IL with only a brief two year stint in Carbondale IL.   They eventually settled in Bloomington, IL in 1967 and the marriage ended in divorce in 1971.  Mollye remained in Bloomington until 1984, when she returned to Hermann following the death of her second husband Elbert L. Cooper.  Mollye cared for her parents, renovated three properties of which one (120 E. Third St.) is on the National Historic Registry.  She ran three Bed and Breakfasts and a Boutique  called “Mollye C’s.”  Mollye remained in Hermann until 2000.  During that time she wed Al Mundwiller.  

Mollye moved to Bloomington, IL in 2000 and lived in the Spring Ridge area before settling into Westminster Village where she remained until 2019.  In 2019, Mollye moved to Las Vegas and lived with her son Daniel.

Mollye was a proud member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), where she held many offices.  She was an an energetic organizer, planner and volunteer for numerous church, social, sport and family endeavors.  Her passion for decorating was readily apparent in each of her homes.  

Survivors include son Daniel (Las Vegas, NV); six grandchildren; Kathryn, Michael (Maureen), Andrew, Daniel (Cara), Madelyn and Olivia Sparks and three great grandchildren, Maggie, Jayden and Kyleigh Sparks.

Mollye was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands and her son John William Sparks (Francine).

Mollye’s ashes will be interred at the Hermann Cemetery TBD.

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