Helen Berniece (Fish) Cooper

Helen Berniece (Fish) Cooper, daughter of the late James Monroe and Mabel Bernice (Osborn) Fish, was born on December 6, 1937 at Twin Bridges, Missouri, and departed this earth on March 24, 2015 at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri. She was 77 years, three months, and 18 days of age.

Helen grew up at Twin Bridges, where she attended one-room schools through elementary school and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1956 from Dora High School.

On October 23, 1957 she was married to William “Bill” Cooper in Senatobia, Mississippi. Helen was a homemaker and also worked for the P.N. Hirsch Department Store in Mountain Grove, Missouri, for several years. She also sewed and sold doll clothes. Helen loved flowers, especially her irises. She took great pride in her iris beds and watched over them each year with great anticipation. Helen would often order, or trade, for varieties she did not have.

She and Bill owned many horses over the years and she enjoyed going to horse shows and watching her children compete. She often designed and sewed their show costumes. Helen also enjoyed watching her grandchildren show livestock at the local fairs. She often took flowers, paintings, and photographs to enter into competition at the fair.

Helen was a Christian woman. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church of Mountain Grove since the early 1960s and faithfully attended whenever her health allowed.

Besides her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; one brother, James Fish; and an infant daughter, Gina Helen Cooper.

She is survived by her two daughters, RaMona Andrus and husband Don of Cabool, Missouri, and Lisa Johnson and husband David of West Plains, Missouri; one son, Tony Bill Cooper and wife Lynn of Wasilla, Alaska; one stepdaughter, Fern Sanders and husband Richard of Mountain Grove; two sisters, Ruth Collins and husband Duane of Vanzant, Missouri, and Joyce Osborn and husband Mike of Rogersville, Missouri; her grandchildren, Kevin Johnson and wife Aleta, Chris Johnson and wife Lucky, Autumn Hardy and husband Dustin, Patrice Reese and husband Kyle, Brandon Andrus, Jackson, and Saylor Cooper; her step-grandchildren, Steve Sanders, Janet Whitehill, and Cindy Bradshaw; her great-grandchildren, Teagan and Corbin Hardy, Amelia Johnson, Heath Reese, and Evelyn Johnson; her step-great-grandchildren, Travis Sanders, Dillon Moody, Jamie and Jared Whitehill; and a host of step-great-great-grandchildren, other relatives, and friends who will dearly miss her.

Helen loved her family very much and will be greatly missed by them.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at South Side Baptist Church in Mountain Grove with Rev. Jack Sawyer and Rev. Josh Miller officiating. Burial was in Lone Star Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lone Star Cemetery c/o the funeral home.

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