April 6, 1927 – April 25, 2020

A graveside service for Mrs. Allie Basco Cooley will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at Gorum Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Dubois officiating.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Benjamin Lester, Justin Bennett, Danny Dickson, Darin Merrell, Michael Lachney and Kenny Bennett.

Honorary pallbearers will be Samuel Lester, Nate Lester, Roy Lodrige and Bob Lodrige.

Mrs. Cooley, 93, and a life-long resident of Gorum, passed away April 26, 2020, at La. Extended Care of Natchitoches with her family by her side.  She was born April 6, 1927, to Sam and Ella Martin Basco in Gorum.  She married the Rev. Barney Cooley and enjoyed 45 years of marriage until his passing in 1990.

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph Floyd Basco, George Enos Basco, Mary Vardell Lodrige and Catherine Stella Rachal; and a grandson, Daniel Kenneth Bennett.

She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Her greatest joy was spending time and having fun with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Jackie Cooley Bennett of Provencal and Angela Cooley Merrell and husband Darin of Gorum; grandchildren, Justin Bennett and wife Christina, Jeslyn Bennett Dickson and husband Danny, Samuel Lester and Benjamin Lester and fiancé Vanessa Rachal; great-grandchildren, Easton and Jackson Bennett, and Nate, Kaydince and Noviella Lester.