Mildred York Cooper

Funeral services for Mildred “Millie” York Cooper, 91, of Lawrence, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday April 27, 2015 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. She passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Millie was born March 18, 1924 in Vinland, KS the daughter of Oscar T. and Elizabeth (Aberle) York. She was the sixth of eight children born and raised on the family farm. She attended Blue Mound School, Oread High School and KU.

While attending Oread High School, Millie met her husband of 71 years, James W. Cooper, who survives of the home. They married on July 2, 1944 in Lawrence and immediately began the travels of a training Army Air Corp B-24 pilot with stops in Hondo, TX, Waco, TX and Nashville, TN. After the war, they returned to Lawrence to embark on the adventure of raising an active family.

Millie relished her roles as a wife, mother and homemaker. She was a happy, caring mother of three, with a mischievous sense of humor and quick smile, who loved participating in the activities of her family. She generously gave of her time outside the home as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Troop Leader, PTA room mother and volunteer worker. In addition to her children, Millie liked to garden; growing fruits, vegetables and flowers in gardens around her home. She was a long-time member of Plymouth Congregational Church where she taught Sunday School and volunteered at their thrift shop. Later in life, as a three-time survivor of cancer, Millie was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and a Relay of Life participant.

Other survivors include one daughter, Rosie Shelton (husband Charlie), Lawrence; two sons, Gary Cooper (wife Betty Jo), Albuquerque, NM, Brian Cooper, Shawnee; two grandchildren; Joel Angelone, Mountain View, CA and Laura Flaxbeard (husband Zach), Raymore, MO; one brother, Frank M. York, Olathe, KS; and two sisters, Frances Y. Abbott, Haddon Heights, NJ, and Alita Y. Cooper, Lawrence. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Fred L. York, James W. York and Raymond A. York; and one sister, Lucile Y. Paden.

The family will greet friends Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to The Oncology Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

8 Condolences

  1. John & Arletia Stewart on April 23, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Jim and family

    We were so sorry to read of Mildred’s passing this morning. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. Blessings

  2. Russ Kokoruda on April 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Mr.Cooper, Brian and Rosie, so sorry about your loss. Millie was a very special lady who always made me feel so welcome at your home. I will always remember her fondly.

  3. Gayla Carr Schmitz on April 23, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Mrs. Cooper was always so friendly at church. She will be missed. May God’s peace and comfort be with the family.

  4. Rabeth Meikle on April 24, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Uncle Jim, Gary Brian and Rosie
    I cannot express my sorrow at Millie passing. she has been such a dear Aunt and friend for as long as I remember. I wish I could be with you at this sad time. Please know I will be there in my heart. I hope she is dancing with my Mother.

  5. Jo Anne Kready on April 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Rosie, although I did not know your mother, I noticed the picture of a beautiful woman with a wonderful smile, and knew that woman had to be special. It is not easy – ever – to lose a parent. In your time of sadness, thoughts of heartfelt sympathy are with you.

  6. Michael Mitchell on April 25, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Brian, I am so sorry for your loss. My mom has been gone for several years now and I still think of her everyday. Please pass on the condolences to Diane and Doug as I know they loved their aunt very much. Thinking of you and the family. Mike Mitchell

  7. Diane Lafontaine on April 26, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    To family ,
    I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my ‘sympathies. May your memories bring you joy as you turn to Jehovah the God of comfort and peace in this time of distress. Psalm 46:1
    “When my disquieting thoughts became many inside me, your own consolations began to fondle mysoul.” Psalm 94:19.

  8. Barbara Lauter on April 28, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Am so sorry for the loss of your mother, Gary & Rosie. May she rest in peace and remain in your hearts forever.

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