Bernedette Cooper, formerly of Washington, DC, was born in Queens, NY November 12, 1959, and raised in Washington, DC. She passed August 27, 2022, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.\n \nBernedette went to Spingarn High School in Washington, DC and attended St. Luke's Catholic Church.\n \nShe moved to Richmond, VA (with David) and began working at the University of Richmond for approximately 13 years where she developed long lasting friendships.\n \nShe was preceded in death by her father Clarence Ernest Cooper, her mother Dorothy Virginia (Mallory) Cooper and her older brother Jeffrey Dubois.\n \nShe leaves to cherish her memory:\n \nHer partner of 40 plus years (husband) David L. Bullock, her adopted daughter Angela Spicer (Levenski), her two adopted grand-daughters Logan Spicer and Avarie Spicer.\n \nHer two brothers David C. Cooper of Lithonia, GA, James G. Cooper of Locust Grove, VA, and her only sister Angelar Barber of Pinson, AL who affectionately called her "Tweetybird".\n \nHer four nephews, four nieces and several great nieces and nephews, one great-great nephew and a host of cousins.\n \nHer closest and dearest friend Vernell Smith and her God-Son Juwuane Smith and host of friends that she cherished.\n \nBernedette enjoyed the simple things in life, like spending time with friends and family, playing cards and cooking. She loved seafood and playing her lottery numbers. She also enjoyed road trips with Dave and sitting on her porch. When Angela gave her a granddaughter, she was ecstatic. She loves children so much that she took Juwuane into her home and treated him as if she gave birth to him. She also took in her two nephews Jerome and Tyrome. She cussed like a Sailor, but her heart was huge. Bernedette was a very strong woman and over-came so many obstacles. She beat breast cancer and she's a recipient of a double lung transplant but neither stopped her nor kept her out of the kitchen. She's the true definition of a fighter and a survivor.\n\nViewing will be held Monday, September 5, 2022 from 10-4pm at Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull St.\n\n\n\nFuneral service will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 12 Noon at Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull St. Interment Private.