Memorial services for Ruth Emily Cooper, 93, Lawrence will be on Saturday, February 16,
at 1:00 pm at Presbyterian Manor Chapel in Lawrence. Inurnment will be at a later date in Bella Vista, Arkansas. She died January 25, 2013 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Ruth was born on October 28, 1919 in Fowler, Kansas, the daughter of Sheldon and
Emily (Gridley) Frey. She married Wyatt W. Cooper on June 6, 1938. He died in February,
1991. Ruth married Charles Haywood on June 6, 1992. He died in July, 1996. Ruth
and Wyatt lived in Hiawatha, Kansas for 18 years before moving to Lawrence in 1964.
Ruth worked at Bell Music Store and Kennedy School before retiring to Bella Vista,
Ruth is survived by two daughters, Gwen Miller (son-in-law Jack, deceased), Indianapolis, Indiana; Patty Hill (Tim), Lawrence; one son, Terry Cooper, Overland Park; daughter-
in-law Terry Cooper (son David, deceased), Overland Park: son-in-law David Scraper
(daughter Sandy, deceased), Wichita; stepson Don Haywood, Pagosa Springs, Colorado;
one sister, Esther Graham, Bel Aire, Kansas; 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and
6 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil Frey and
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in her name to The Good Samaritan Fund
(Presbyterian Manor) or the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Hospice Care and may be sent
to Warren-McElwain Mortuary
My condolences to the Cooper Family. May you find comfort during this very difficult time in your lives. The loss of a dear loved one is heartbreaking, but we can find comfort from Gods word. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 tell us that Jehovah is the Father of tender mercies and God of all comfort and he will comfort you during your time of sorrow. John 5:28,29 assures us of a promise made from God that our dear loved ones sleeping in death would hear the voice of his son Jesus and come out of their memorial tombs. God promises to resurrect them back to life on a paradise earth where sickness and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:4- death will be no more; Isaiah 25:8-Jehovah God will swallow up death forever). What a wonderful promise to look forward to seeing our dear loved ones again on a perfect paradise earth. Psalms 37:10,11&29- meek and righteous will possess the earth and live forever upon it.
My condolences and prayers to Ruth’s family. I grew up in Hiawatha and went to school with the Cooper children. I spent many nights at their home. She was such a wonderful person,always doing for others, a beautiful seamstress,if her girls needed something for a dance,it was done before the deadline.Always loved being around her.Love and prayers to all of her family.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Growing up next door, I remember your mom as always being a dear, sweet lady. May your happy memories bring you comfort.
Ruth was an excellent cook when she was at Prairie Commons. She was always treating us with her cooking. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She was a classic friend to everyone she met.