Our dear Sadie Charlene Cooney went to heaven to be reunited with her loving family on August 26, 2021. Sadie will forever be remembered for her generous heart, her compassion for others, her zest for life, and her ability to deeply connect with whomever she came in contact. With a real gift in the kitchen, Sadie was coveted for her cinnamon rolls and jubilee jumbles which she shared with family and friends at the holidays. So many have been touched by her welcoming spirit and her circle of friends is truly immense. She loved everyone and had a hospitality second to none.
Sadie was born to Violet and August Miller on the 27th of February in Pittsburg, Kansas. She is survived by her loving sons, Joseph Michael Cooney (Sherry), Clancy Mark Cooney, Joe B. Cooney, grandchildren Cailah, Samantha Grace, JosephMac of Carrollton, Georgia and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be extremely missed by her families including the Cooneys, Millers, Carpenters, Kennedys, Hamiltons, Muellers, Baumiesters, Lorenzes, and Banks to name a few. In addition, Sadie was surrounded by an extraordinarily large and loving extended family whom she adored. Sadie married the love of her life, Joseph Marco Cooney on October 29, 1959 and they enjoyed 37 blissful years until his death on November 18, 1996. Sadie loved, loved, loved her Joe.
Joe, Sadie, and the boys moved to their family home on Corbin Park 51 years ago!!! Her gracious hospitality led to many gatherings, events, political bashes, and great fun for all. For years Sadie walked everywhere and could often be spotted making the loop around Corbin Park.
Her many professional achievements included a 40-year career within the Assessor’s office, serving as our Spokane County Assessor 1992 - 2002. Sadie was an officer of the Warren G Magnuson Democratic Club. She was an admired leader in the Democratic party.
Sadie was an advocate for others and a social justice activist. Her generosity knew no bounds and she dedicated significant time, energy, and resources to helping those who were oppressed, disenfranchised, and lonely.
She was the ultimate Zags fan for over 60 plus years. She and Joe opened their home to many Bulldog players and their families for Sunday dinners, Christmas, Easter, convalescence, and even wedding festivities.
Sadie was a devoted Catholic and a long-time active parishioner of both Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Aloysius Catholic churches. Faith, strength of conviction, and her personal relationship with Jesus Christ guided her through life. Sadie had an intimate relationship with Jesus and it was common for both family and loved ones to hear her intimate prayers and conversations with him, A priority event for Sadie was attending St. Aloysius Novena of Grace which she attended for close to 60 years. In addition, Sadie and her family leaned heavily on the Poor Clare Sisters for Prayer and guidance. Sadie loved and supported the Poor Clares. And one of her joys was participating in the Poor Clare’s Tea & Fashion Show.
Regarding fashion and style, Sadie had an insatiable desire for shopping, fashion, and glamour. Sadie had her own unique style. Always impeccably dressed Sadie exhibited this even to the end. In speaking with her nurses and caretakers at Deaconess, they expressed similar words of affection, “She is so kind, so sweet, we love her.”
Sadie is preceded in death by her husband Joseph Cooney, parents August and Violet Miller, siblings August John Miller Jr, Betty Banks, and Eleanor Mueller in addition to several nieces and nephews.
Sadie’s celebration of life will take place in Corbin Park on Monday, August 30 at 5 p.m. Christian Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 31 at 10:00 at Saint Aloysius Catholic Church 330 East Boone Avenue. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
The family requests those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to one of Sadie’s favorite charities; the Sisters of Poor Clare of Spokane, Spokane Catholic Charities, Gonzaga Family Haven.
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