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Obituary of Mrs. Geo. R. Cooper

Submitted by  Bill Berry September 11, 2000

Hester Jan Berry, daughter of Martin  and Elizabeth Berry, was born at Columbia City, Indiana August 19, 1878 and departed this life December 15, 1939.

Her early life was spent in Indiana.  After the death of her father she came with her mother to Eastern Kansas where she grew to womanhood.  Later on in life she came to Stafford County and on May 4th, 1910, was united in marriage to Geo. R. Cooper of St. John, and remained an exceptionally good wife and mother to Clayton and Hattie until the date of her demise.  She was truly converted and became a member of the First Missionary Baptist church at St. John.

She loved her home, her church, her children, her friends, her pets, and was ever ready to lend a helping hand in time of distress wherever and whenever possible.

On June 1st, she was stricken from her home duties and left an invalid for about a month.  She then recovered and was able to be up and about the house and wait on herself until the first of October.  From that time on Mrs. Cooper's condition grew steadily worse.

"Mother" as she was rightfully and lovingly called by those of her immediate family, was a most patient sufferer, and when her voice had failed her, would acknowledge her heartfelt appreciation for any and every favor done for her by a loving pat of her hand or a knowing smile or a kiss.

Her two children speak of her in "the kindest and dearest mother on could ever have done - one who always gave so much an asked for so little." 

Mrs. Cooper could truly rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.  Her home and family were her uppermost thoughts throughout her life and she numbered her friends by her many acquaintances.

She leaves to mourn her demise her kind and loving husband, one brother, J. W. Berry, and family of Fort Wayne, Indiana; one daughter, Mrs. Hattie Wadsack of Kalvesta, Kansas; one son, Clayton Cooper of Macksville; besides a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Macksville, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  The Rev. Geo. A. Kraft of Cunningham, formerly of Macksville.  Interment was in the St. John cemetery.

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