Emma Iola Cooper, 79, of Keokuk, Iowa, and former Gillette resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, of natural causes at Montrose Health Center in Iowa.
She was born April 5, 1935, in Holly, Colo., the daughter of Clarence L. and Esther O. Howe Brunson.
She married Paul Edward Cooper in Carson City, Nev. He preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Patricia Ray.
Mrs. Cooper lived in Gillette in the 1970s. She had lived in Keokuk since 1979. She had owned a consignment shop in Keookuk called E&T Nearly New.
She was of the Protestant faith and attended New Testament Christian Church.
She enjoyed television, especially Westerns, wrestling and rodeo. She loved to read her Bible and tell stories.
She is survived by three daughters, Linda Cervantez of San Jose, Calif., Sharon Gray Keokuk, and Deborah Daines of Hamilton, Ill.; a brother, Fred Brunson of Reno, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was Dec. 14 at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center at 917 Blondeau St., Keokuk, Iowa, with Bill Hauser officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Park. Online condolences and tributes may be entered at www.dejongsfuneralhome.com.