Former FoCo commissioner loses battle to cancer

Justine Lookenott
Former District 1 commissioner Molly Cooper died on Wednesday, March 22 of pancreatic cancerPhoto byForsyth County Government

(Forsyth County, GA) Molly Cooper, the former Forsyth County District 1 commissioner and vice-chairwoman, died on Wednesday, March 22 of pancreatic cancer.

Cooper lived in the county for 30 years, managing a local business for 16 years. She also took on several leadership roles in the community including president of the Republican Women of Forsyth County, president of the Cumming Civitan Club and the first vice-chairperson of the Forsyth County Republican Party.

She first served on the Board of Commissioners for District 1 for the 2019 through 2022 term, during which she was elected by the BOC as the secretary in 2020 and as vice-chairwoman in 2021 and 2022.

Due to her battle with cancer, she chose not to run for a second term in 2022.

“Our hearts go out to the Cooper family at this difficult time,” said Forsyth County Manager David McKee. “We will forever remember the many contributions former Commissioner Cooper made to the County, including dutifully serving with professionalism, integrity, humility and compassion despite fighting cancer during most of her term as commissioner.”

McDonald & Son Funeral Home & Crematory will be providing memorial services for Cooper. A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a burial service at Kennesaw Memorial Park.

Donations in honor of Cooper can be sent to the Cumming Civitan Club at or at Congregation Beth Israel at

Cooper’s obituary can be read here.

More information on McDonald & Son Funeral Home & Crematory can be found at It is located at 150 Sawnee Drive in Cumming. Kennesaw Memorial Park is at 1306 Whitlock Avenue Northwest in Marietta.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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