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Mildred Irene (Lawson) Cooper, 87, of Brashear died Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at Kirksville Manor Care Center while under Hospice care.
The daughter of Albert Thomas and Grace Golden [Sanders] Lawson, she was born October 27, 1922 in Packwood, Iowa. On March 1, 1941 near Green Grove, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Kyle Wesley Cooper who preceded her in death on March 9, 1993.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Janice K. in 1948, one brother, Bernice Lawson, two sisters, Ruby [Lawson] Mulford and Helen [Lawson] Sorenson.
Mildred is survived by one son, Kenneth Kyle Cooper and wife Carol of Hurdland, one daughter, Kathy Lynn Roberts and husband Richard of Brashear; five grandchildren, Scott Cooper and wife Sherri of Tennessee, Angel Cooper of Columbia, Corey Salter and wife Kristina of Novinger, Karissa Salter of St. Charles, Cody Salter and fiancée Lisa of Columbia and several step grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; BreeAnna, Ashley, and Sandra Cooper of Shelbyville Ally, Patience, Ian Kyle, and Ava of Novinger, and Kynleigh and Deyton White of St. Charles as well as several step great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mildred, at the age of 4, moved back to Missouri and received her education at Shipley’s Point, Green Grove, and Novinger schools. Mildred worked at Florsheim Shoe Company and Laughlin Hospital while Kyle served overseas in WWII. They moved to the Hurdland and Brashear communities in 1943 where they were engaged in farming and owned Cooper Grain Elevator in Hurdland. Later, Mildred owned a machine quilting business in Brashear. Mildred will be most remembered for her extraordinary talent in playing the piano and organ. She took very few lessons and was mostly self-taught. She was a member of the Brashear Community Bible Church of where she was the pianist and organist for over 50 years. She loved her Lord.
She was active in PTA, served as 4-H leader, supported mission work in many countries, and was a big supporter of the Brashear Tigers. Mildred enjoyed cooking, sewing, spending time with family, and faithfully serving others in her community.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2010 at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home with Reverend Shannon Perry officiated. Burial was in Park View Memorial Gardens in Kirksville. Pallbearers were Larry Platz, Laverne Gerhold, Joe Shelton, Rick Hale, Terry Baker and Dean Sorenson. Honorary bearers were Corey Salter, Scott Cooper, Cody Salter, Ian Kyle Salter and Deyton White.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brashear Community Bible Church Missions or Hospice.