Velma Cooper - May 29, 2014
Velma Elizabeth Cooper, age 92, of Akron Colo., passed away on May 21, 2014 at the Yuma District Hospital in Yuma, Colo.
Velma was born on Aug. 28, 1921 to Adam and Augusta Abitz Jaeger in Imperial, Neb. Her father immigrated from Eich, Germany in 1882 and settled in Milford Neb. before homesteading in Chase County Nebraska. He married Mary Abitz and there were 12 children born to this union before Mary passed away in 1919 from the Spanish flu epidemic. He then married Augusta to which two daughters were born, Velma and Leota.
Velma attended a country school through the 5th grade until the family moved into Imperial where she attended and graduated from Chase County High School in 1938.
She was married to classmate, Cloyst Spreacker to which one daughter, Marlyn, was born. They lived briefly in the Cope, Colo. area where they farmed for Walt Jaeger.
Velma and Marlyn then returned to Imperial where she worked in various businesses as a clerk and bookkeeper in the Imperial and McCook area. In 1951 she became reacquainted with another classmate, Leslie Cooper.
They were married on Feb. 9, 1952, in Imperial in the Evangelical United Brethren Church. They honeymooned at the Lake of the Ozarks. They then moved west of Elba where Les was engaged in farming with his brother Clyde. To this union was born one son, Douglas and two daughters, Marcia and Diana.
She and Leslie farmed and raised hogs west of Elba until 1973. At that time they moved to a farm southwest of Platner and lived there until they semi-retired in 1990 when they moved to Akron.
She and Les were members of the Presbyterian Church in Akron where Velma helped with meals for many funeral dinners and showers for many brides and moms to be. Velma was a member of the Elba Extension Club and enjoyed sewing, embroidery and cross stitch. She sewed numerous items and entered them in the Washington County Fair and won ribbons for her handiwork. She also sewed many clothes for her daughters and took great pride when they wore them. She enjoyed getting together with friends and neighbors and playing pinochle. She and Les enjoyed going for long rides in the country and looking at crops, seeing what the neighbors were up to, and raising flowers in their garden.
They enjoyed their nine grandchildren and thought the sun rose and set on each of them. She also got to enjoy 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She attended every event she could possibly get to that her grandchildren were involved in. Family was very important to Velma.
She and Les went back to Imperial every Memorial Day to put flowers on family graves and they made a point to make it to every family reunion, wedding, or funeral. Family was vital to Velma.
After Les died in 2007, Velma battled many health issues and was admitted into the Washington County Nursing Home in 2012. Velma suffered from macular degeneration for many years and had lost the majority of her eyesight. She enjoyed people visiting her and going out to lunch with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leslie; her parents Adam and Augusta; and her siblings Herman, Burke, Ted, Sam, Albert (Ep), Clayton, Bob, Raymond, Homer, Esther, Dorothy, and Lena.
She is survived by her children Marlyn Salley of Cheyenne, Wyo., Doug Cooper and wife Debi of Akron, Colo., Marcia and husband Jim Pieper of Akron, Colo., Diana and husband Mark Craig of Cope, Colo.; sister Leota Cook of Meeker, Colo., and sisters-in-law Thelma Mathies of Aberdeen, S.D., and Laura Knapp of Cortez, Colo.; grandchildren Kurt Salley and wife Kathy of Denver, Colo., Scott Salley and wife Debbie of Lakewood, Colo., Kyle Cooper of Longmont, Colo., Janessa Helling and husband Kevin of Idalia, Colo., Alana and husband Lance McGough of Loveland, Colo., Sarah and husband Nick Lueck of Sterling, Colo., Karen and husband Brian Ortner of Holyoke, Colo., Nathan Craig of Cope, Colo., and Larissa Craig of Dodge City, Kan. and all of her beautiful great and great-great-grandchildren.
Velma worked hard helping on the farm and enjoyed her family. She will be missed by all of us and by those in the community.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Akron, Colo. Interment will follow at the Akron Cemetery.