Born 9-5-1923 -- Died 10-29-2003
Merle Katherine Cooper Sigman, 80, of Melbourne, daughter of the late Joseph Cooper and Mittie Estes Cooper, was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Bandmill, Ark. She died Oct. 29, 2003, in Newburg, Ark. Merle was united in marriage to Dale Sigman on Dec. 27, 1941, and to this union three children were born. She was a homemaker, wife and mother and attended Brockwell Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons and two daughters-in-law -- Mike and Donna Sigman of Hot Springs, Ark., and Steve and Eva Sigman of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter, Kathy Nelson of Houston, Texas; two brothers -- Pat Cooper of Dallas, and Jim Cooper of Melbourne; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three sisters -- Verna Reeves, Cassie Gorden and Lois Harris; and three brothers -- Quinton Cooper, Burge Cooper and Glen Cooper.
The funeral was Nov. 1 at the Roman and Billy Howard Memorial Chapel with Jimmy Carl Ford officiating. Interment was at Flat Rock Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Nelson, Joseph Nelson, Kody Sigman, Dale Sigman, Paul Sigman and Dan Sigman.