Lillian Marie Cooper, 87, of Westborough, Mass., formerly of Raleigh, N.C. and Wilton, Conn., died peacefully on Feb. 21, 2017, at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough, Mass. Born June 4, 1929 in Ft. Worth, Texas, she is predeceased by her parents, Stefan and Lillie Matusevich of Ft. Worth, Texas, and her late husband of 43 years, Benjamin W. Cooper, Jr. of Raleigh, N.C. She was educated in Ft. Worth schools and graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting.
The majority of her career was spent at IBM, starting as a systems engineer in the 1950s and retiring in 1993. While raising her family in Wilton, Lillian was an active volunteer both in the schools and on the Boards of Education and Tax Review. After 25 years in Wilton, Conn., she and Ben moved to Raleigh, N.C. Throughout her life, and especially in retirement, she was an avid traveller, eventually visiting all of the continents except Australia. She loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, taking walks with the dog, and engaging in continuing education opportunities. After Ben’s death, she relocated to Westborough to be closer to family.