Jessie Cooper was born in 1913 in Meridian, Mississippi. As she grew up she loved taking care of the outside shores, like taking care of the yard and the animals.
Since very young she wanted to become a nurse, but her parents opposed to this idea. With the help of her church's pastor they gave her the permission. She completed her training at Anderson Hospital. She also trained for Public Health work at Baylor University.
For many years she held clinics in schools, and churches in towns and rural areas, and she made many home visits. She loved helping needy people. She loved nature, and her favorite hobbies were to taking care of her yard and gardening. She also loved animals, especially dogs.
She belonged to Poplar Springs Drive United Methodist Church, where she was a devoted member for many years.
A memorial was established with Heifer International Foundation in 1998 from the bequest of Jessie Cooper of Meridian, Mississippi. Every year, income from the Jessie Cooper Memorial will be used by Heifer International to help families produce food and income for themselves.