Lila Lorraine Cooksey Twiss passed away peacefully in the presence of family at Friends Village in
Woodstown, NJ, on March 13, 2023. Lorraine was born in Omega, Georgia, October 24, 1927. She grew
up in South Georgia and moved to Swedesboro in 1944 to join her sisters, Lucille and Burma. She
graduated from Swedesboro High School in 1945 and then went to work for Altman’s 5 & 10 Cent Store.
She worked for Hunter Oil Company as a bookkeeper in the late 1940’s until the early 1950’s. In 1958
she went to work for Del Monte Foods and retired in 1983 after 25 years of service in Quality Control.
She was a long time member of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Swedesboro and was also very
active in the JEMS (Jesus Ever My Savior) Sunday School class. She was a member of the Woodstown
Woman’s Club for many years. She also volunteered at King’s Things Christian Thrift Store and Food
Pantry in Swedesboro where she was manager for 12 years. She lived in Swedesboro until January 2015,
when she moved to a lovely cottage at Friends Village in Woodstown. She lived there six years and then
transitioned to Assisted Living.
Lorraine was predeceased by her beloved husband of 59 years, Robert L. Twiss, a life-long resident of
Swedesboro. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Will Shippey Cooksey and Fred
Duncan Cooksey, her siblings, Meta Lucille Cooksey Hatcher, Nadine Cooksey Rogers, Burma Cooksey
Gaunt, Charlie Burke Cooksey, Fred Duncan Cooksey, Jr., her niece Glenda Rogers Williams, and her
brothers-in-law Harold S Twiss, Jr. and Wilbur Twiss.
Lorraine is survived by her nieces Jane Rogers Crawley of Waycross, GA, Karen Marie Cooksey of San
Diego, CA, and nephew Dr. James H. Rogers, Jr (Kathy) of Whidbey Island, WA. She is also survived by
niece Patricia Twiss of Dover, DE and nephews , Harold Michael Twiss of Woolwich, NJ, Steven Twiss of
Battleboro, VT and W. Lewis Twiss of Inverness, FL., and many great, and great-great nieces and
Lorraine’s life will be celebrated Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 11:00 am (Viewing at 10:00) at Daley Life
Celebration Studio, 1518 Kings Highway, Swedesboro. A private burial will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lorraine’s memory to Bethesda United Methodist Church,
King’s Things in Swedesboro, or a charity of your choice.
Lorraine was a wonderful woman. Her joy of life was contagious. I have many happy memories of her through Bethesda Church, in JEMS, and sharing recipes.
God has blessed you Lorraine as you have blessed others.
From our family to the Twiss Family, our condolences.
Enjoyed Lorraine’s sense of humor, she made our JEMS Class meetings fun. She also worked hard in our money raising efforts for Bethesda Methodist Church.