Shirley Cooper

Shirley Ann Cooper (Rathburn)

Monday, October 13th, 1930 - Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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Shirley A. Cooper, 90, formerly of Rushville, MO died on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Gower Convalescent Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 23rd, 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 Alzheimer’s 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 October 13, 1930 in St. Joseph, MO 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 December 13, 1950 in Rushville, MO. Devotion to family was Shirley’s primary goal in life. She enjoyed sharing in all of her daughter’s 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 ) O’Brien, Traverse City, MI, Nancy Lorts, Farmers Branch, TX, and Tracy (Todd) Goodlet, DeKalb, MO, five grandchildren; Tom (Lexi ) O’Brien, Chris (Ashley) O’Brien, Becca (Tyler) Halbert, Brian (Kathryn) Lorts, Colton Goodlet and two great grandchildren, Cooper and Kennedy O’Brien. Her parents, husband, and two sisters Norma Jane Rathburn and Phyllis Jean Kottman preceded her in death.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Chapel
    800 Kansas Ave.
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Services will be live streamed on Becker-Dyer-Stanton Facebook page.
    Rev. Tim Champ
  • Interment

    Sugar Creek Cemetery
    HWY 116
    RUSHVILLE, MO 64484
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Louise Jones

Posted at 02:26pm
My deepest sympathies to the family of Shirley. She gave me my first job that I had as a teen ager watching Kim and Nancy while she worked in the evenings. She trusted me with the care of those two and even feeding Nancy when she was so small and had to have those boots and a bar on her feet. I learned how to make chocolate chip cookies from her as Kim just loved them. She loved to sew and she allowed me to help finish some of the dresses for Kim as I was taking sewing in high school. She was a sweet gentle lady and my life was blessed because of her. May God bless her family as she will be spending it in heaven with Tink and her Lord.

Barbara Underwood

Posted at 12:19pm
I can Remember Shirley. My Sister Louise use to Babysit her kids when they were little. I can also Remember her and Tink because we use to live across from them when I use to live in the Apartment over the Hardware Store in Rushville. She was a Lady that helped not only her Family especially her Husband Tink but also her Father-in-law Arch. I will Remember her smile and know she Loved her Family. May God be with the Family at this time and the Children of Shirley and Tink Cooper. The House that sits on the Corner in Rushville, Mo across from the Post Office will always be in my heart Quote. "The Cooper House." Thanks Shirley for the Memories of you and your Family. This is From: Barbara Tomlinson-Underwood (Charles and Bea Tomlinson's youngest daughter) Gods Help to you all at this time.

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