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Viola Mae Cooper

March 12, 1923 ~ July 23, 2018 (age 95)

Viola Mae Cooper, 95, of Burlington, died at 3:19 AM Monday, July 23, 2018, at the Oakview Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Burlington.

Born March 12, 1923, in Quincy, IL, she was the daughter of Rufus Ferman and Helen Mae Darnell. On May 6, 1943, she married Ralph Russell Cooper in Quincy IL. He died November 14, 2001.

Viola worked as a nurse aid for 15 years at Winfield Nursing Home and five years at the Mt.Pleasant Hospital. Most of all, her favorite job was being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

She enjoyed macramé, cooking, canning, fishing, camping, playing guitar, singing, dancing, and going to the races. She also enjoyed helping on the family farm by tending to the baby animals. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with friends and family. 

Survivors include three sons, William (Linna) Cooper of Wayland, MO, Floyd (Barbara) Cooper of Stronghurst, IL, and Russell Cooper of Quincy, IL; two daughters, Bertha (Stephen) Brem of Ankeny, IA, and Betty (Phillip) Moore of Quincy, IL; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; one brother-in-law, George Brown of Quincy, IL; and one sister-in-law, Sylvia Darnell of St. Ann, MO.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Rufus Jr., Gerald, Harold, Ray, and Vernon (Ruby) Darnell, two sisters, Betty Brown, and Eva Overlander, one son Ralph Russell Cooper Jr., one granddaughter Judith Moore, twin grandchildren, Robert and Rebecca Cooper, one great grandson, Bret Moore and one grandson-in-law, Brandon Maggart.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM with the family to receive friends Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The memorial service for Mrs. Cooper will be 11:00 AM Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Payson Cemetery in Payson, IL.  

A memorial has been established. 

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