Valerie Jean Cooper

Valerie Jean Cooper, 63, died June 27, 2020, at her home in Ketchikan.

She was born Aug. 26, 1956 in Portland, Oregon.

She grew up in Portland and moved to Ketchikan in 1987, returning briefly to Portland to be near family, study graphic design, and give birth to her daughter.

She studied art and theater arts at Portland State University from 1980 to 1982; earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in graphic design from Portland Community College from 1992 to 1995; completed most of the work toward Bachelors of Liberal Arts in sociology and fine art at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus from 1987 to 2009; and studied criminology through the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 2005 to 2007.

Her partner from 1986 to 1994 was Cactus Davis.

Valerie Cooper was a lifelong artist who refered to herself as an “eccentric-at-large,” her family writes.

Her business card reads: Aflow Enterprises: Graphics, illustration & more.”

She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa (2007).

She was a past volunteer at the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, First City Players (secretary, 1988-89) and KRBD.

She was the founder/creator of the KRBD radio show Howlin’ Gales, where she spent her Saturday afternoons from 1987 to 2006. She spent her later years doing pet portraits and making art for friends and family.

Valerie Cooper was preceeded in death by her mother, Rosemary Uribe; and father, Jim Cooper.

She is survived by her daughter, Amelia Cooper of Fairbanks; and brothers, Jim Cooper of Portland and Craig Cooper of Washougal, Washington.

A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Ward Lake.