Bertha was born on February 5, 1953 in Riddleville, Georgia to Mollie and J. P. Cooper. Known to all as Bertha, she was the sixth of eight children. She began and completed her education in the Washington County School System in Georgia. After graduating from Washington County High School in Sandersville, Ga, she moved to New Brunswick, NJ.
On September 22, 1997, Bertha entered Holy Matrimony with Alejandro Diaz. She affectionately referred to him as Al.
Bertha loved the Lord! She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, for more than nine years, where the Rev. Dante Quick is presently the Senior Pastor.
Bertha was quite an athlete and loved sports. She served as the basketball team captain for the Senior Hawkettes. It did not matter to Bertha (fondly known as Bert) that she helped to integrate that school. She was determined to make her mark and leave a sporting legacy.
Although, she was an amazing basketball player, Bertha had a special love for tennis and baseball. Everyone knew not to call or visit her when she was watching her favorite sports. She tuned out everything and heard nothing except the sports game she was watching.
Although Bert loved a good joke, she had a somber side. Her best friend Annie Sterling have laughed at each other’s jokes for many, many years. Bertha and Annie loved shopping together and going to the movies. They shared many hobbies and fond moments.
Bertha, our memories of how you could light up a room at our family gatherings, with your vibrant personality, your love for cooking (especially her macaroni and cheese), and your fun and flattering hair styles will live with us forever.
Bertha was preceded in death by her parents – Mollie and J. P. Cooper, her brother; James Cooper, and her sister; Doris Cooper.
Bertha leaves to carry on her memories and appreciation for life: her beloved husband, Alejandro (Al) Diaz; 5 siblings – Grace Davidson-James (Fred) of Somerset, NJ; Ann (Leroy) Promise of Monmouth Junction, NJ; Virginia Ann Wilson of Tennille, Georgia; Sammie (Virginia) Knight of Tennille, Georgia; Artis (Mindel) Knight of Hillside, NJ, and Mae Knight, cousin/sister of New Brunswick, NJ. Also cherishing her memory are fourteen (14) nieces and nephews; thirty (30) great-nieces and nephews, a host of cousins and friends.
We are assured of our love though we are apart, because so much of what we have shared is written on our hearts.
We love you.
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