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Betty Cooper, 92

Betty Cooper, 92, joined the Lord and her husband on Sunday, December 22, 2013.

Betty, the only child of Otto and Mary Mahlstedt, was born September 7, 1921 in Lowden, Iowa. She grew up in Wheatland, Iowa, graduating from high school in 1939. While in high school she participated in basketball, drama and music.

Betty married the love of her life, Kenneth Cooper, on November 25, 1941. Their son, Terrance Allan, was born in 1942.

While Ken was serving his country during WWII they lived in Brooksville, FL. When Bettys father also entered the service, Betty and Terry lived with Bettys mother in Denver, CO. After Kens discharge from the service, they lived in DeWitt, Iowa where they owned and operated a grocery store.

A daughter, Judith Lynn, was born in 1947 and another son, Daniel Joseph, was born in 1949.

After selling the grocery store, Ken went to work for the Iowa Mutual Insurance Co. Being in the insurance business meant moving often. For a time the family lived in Peru, IL and Kearney, NE before moving to Alexandria in 1958.

The family joined St. Marys Catholic Church and Betty has been a faithful member.

Betty worked for the dental office of Richard Lawler for approximately five years.

In 1974, Ken and Betty moved to Miltona to be near their daughter. They lived there until returning to Alexandria in 1997 where Betty has since resided.

Betty enjoyed watching NASCAR and the Minnesota Timberwolves, reading, playing cards and dominoes. She especially liked playing Scrabble and Upwords with her daughter. Betty enjoyed visits from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She liked spending the Fourth of July holidays with her family and friends at her son Terrys home on Pocket Lake.

Betty is survived by her sons, Terry Cooper and wife, Sandy, of Lowry, and Dan Cooper and wife, Lynn, of Pengilly; daughter, Judy Uhde and husband, Don, of Miltona; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mona Powers of Sun City, AZ; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Kenneth Cooper.

Betty will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. May God bless her memory.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, December 28 at the Church of St. Mary in Alexandria. The Reverend Father Steve Binsfeld was the celebrant. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Bettys grandchildren served as her casket bearers.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;