SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. — Velma Eloise “Toots” Cooper, 94, of South Sioux City, Neb. died March 24, 2011 at a Sioux City hospital. Toots was born July 3, 1916 in Anthony, the daughter of Robert Forrest and Nora Mae (Potter) Jones.
She grew up and attended school in El Dorado. Toots married Harry L. Cooper on Dec. 3, 1934 in Eureka. They lived in Chase for several years before moving to Great Bend, where they were life-long residents. He preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 1986. There were two children born of this marriage, Gareld (Gary) and Beverly. Toots moved to South Sioux City, Neb. in 2006 to be closer to her daughter. She enjoyed sewing and was an excellent seamstress, painted and wallpapered, upholstered furniture, made drapes and slip covers and knitted. Toots was also an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword puzzles.
Toots was a member of the Christian Church in Great Bend.
Survivors include her son and his wife, Gary, and Marilyn Cooper of The Villages, Fla.; her daughter and her husband, Beverly, and Warren Tullis of Dakota Dunes, S.D.; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Brent and Liz Cooper; Kimberly and Ted Best; Keri and Ken Dillie; Darrin and Dee Dee Burns; Sally and Kevin Banks; Brad and Tara Tullis; and Angie and Don Wilwerding; her brother, Glen Jones, of McPherson; her cousin, Betty Dean, of Derby; sisters-in-law, Delores Jones, El Dorado, and Dorothy Cooper, New Wilmington, Pa.; 19 great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters; two brothers; and three sisters-in-law.
Respecting Toot’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Graveside services are scheduled at 3 p.m. Saturday in Sunset Cemetery in El Dorado. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel*
3220 Stone Park Blvd.
Sioux City, Iowa, 51104
712 255 0131
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 30, 2011