Memorial for URG’s Emileigh Cooper is tonight

Staff Report

RIO GRANDE —A memorial for Emileigh Cooper will take place at 6:30 p.m. today at the Alumni Memorial Bell Tower on the campus of the University of Rio Grande.

If weather becomes an issue, the memorial will move indoors to the nearby Berry Fine Arts building.

Cooper, 22, an assistant volleyball coach, was killed in a car crash Friday afternoon on U.S. 35 near Bronx Corner Road.

According to the Ohio State High Patrol post in Jackson, Cooper’s car struck a vehicle driven by Ada Ison, 83, who allegedly failed to yield while backing out of a driveway. Cooper’s vehicle then crossed the median into the westbound lane and crashed head-on with a Jeep Renegade driven by Monroe Raber, 27, of Wellston. Another vehicle, unable to stop, then slid into Raber’s vehicle.

Responders took Cooper to Holzer Hospital in Jackson with life-threatening injuries. She was then flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where she passed away from her injuries. Raber and Miller were examined on scene before being released. Ison was uninjured, according to OSHP reports.

According to, Emileigh Cooper was in her first season serving as assistant volleyball coach with the RedStorm team. She was a Jackson High School graduate and played volleyball, basketball and softball in her time there. She was recruited to play those same sports in college. She, however, chose to play softball when signing with Marshall University.

Cooper graduated from Marshall with a bachelor’s degree in science and was also working on a nursing degree at URG. Cooper was also known as being a regular instructor with the university’s summer volleyball camp.

URG President Dr. Michelle Johnston posted a statement about Cooper’s passing on the college’s Facebook page.

“Our hearts are heavy with the loss of such a bright, beautiful member of the Rio family. Emileigh has touched so many lives and had her sights set on serving others as a nurse. Our entire campus hurts for Emileigh’s family and friends. As soon as we know more about formal arrangements, we will hold an event on campus to honor her life and her many contributions.”

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