Cooper, Shirley A. 1930-2020

RUSHVILLE, Mo. Shirley A. Cooper, 90, formerly of Rushville, Missouri, died on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at the Gower Convalescent Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, with Rev. Tim Champ officiating. Burial will follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimers Association or the Rushville Christian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Remembrances and condolences may be left online at

Shirley was born on Oct. 13, 1930, in St. Joseph, Missouri, the daughter of Norman and Beulah (Bush) Rathburn. She graduated from Rushville High School in 1948. Shirley was married to Archie H. Tink Cooper on Dec. 13, 1950, in Rushville. Devotion to family was Shirleys primary goal in life. She enjoyed sharing in all of her daughters sporting and school activities. Shirley was an active member of the Rushville Christian Church. Besides church activities, other interests included sewing and cooking.

Survivors include three daughters, Kim (Bill) OBrien, Traverse City, Michigan, Nancy Lorts, Farmers Branch, Texas, and Tracy (Todd) Goodlet, DeKalb, Missouri; five grandchildren, Tom (Lexi) OBrien, Chris (Ashley) OBrien, Becca (Tyler) Halbert, Brian (Kathryn) Lorts, Colton Goodlet; and two great grandchildren, Cooper and Kennedy OBrien.

Her parents, husband, and two sisters Norma Jane Rathburn and Phyllis Jean Kottman preceded her in death. As published in the Atchison Globe.

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