Margaret Cooper Obituary

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Margaret Cooper

June 23, 1916 - October 26, 2012
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Margaret Napier Hellums Cooper, age 96, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2012, in San Angelo, Texas. Margaret was born on June 23rd, 1916 in Rotan, Texas to John Verrell and Fannie Mae Hellums. Margaret grew up in Rotan and attended and graduated from public schools there. She moved to Waxahachie to attend Trinity University and in her sophomore year, transferred to Maryville, Tennessee to attend Maryville College. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Domestic Science in 1937 and returned back to Rotan to teach school. After living and teaching in Rotan for two years, Margaret relocated with one of her older sisters to Martinez,...
Margaret Napier Hellums Cooper, age 96, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2012, in San Angelo, Texas.
Margaret was born on June 23rd, 1916 in Rotan, Texas to John Verrell and Fannie Mae Hellums. Margaret grew up in Rotan and attended and graduated from public schools there. She moved to Waxahachie to attend Trinity University and in her sophomore year, transferred to Maryville, Tennessee to attend Maryville College. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Domestic Science in 1937 and returned back to Rotan to teach school. After living and teaching in Rotan for two years, Margaret relocated with one of her older sisters to Martinez, California to work for the War department in a factory manufacturing punch cards prior and during World War II.
After the war's end she returned to Rotan to help her mother in the family grocery business. In 1947, she met and married Oliver Earl Cooper and from that union had one child, David Cooper, also of San Angelo. In 1954, she moved to Big Spring, Texas to be closer to her niece, June Anne Day Gustafson, and accepted a job as an elementary education teacher there. Over the next 3 years, Margaret taught school during the school year and during the summer she attended the University of Texas in Austin to complete her Masters Degree in Elementary Education. In August of 1957, she completed her MEd in Elementary Education. After teaching elementary school for 4 additional years, Margaret again returned to college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock to receive her certification as a teacher for the developmentally disabled children. She taught in special education from 1964 until her retirement in June 1976. Upon retirement from the Big Spring Independent School District, Margaret sought an addendum to her teaching career in New Mexico, teaching in both middle and elementary school in Albuquerque, New Mexico from July 1976 through August 1979. Missing Texas and her friendships in Big Spring, Margaret returned to Big Spring and resumed her lifelong involvement in the Presbyterian Church there. It was there that she met, again, the man that she had called a friend since the first day she relocated from Rotan to Big Spring, R. Gage Lloyd. They spent fifteen marvelous years together until his death in 1994. It was ten years later in 2004 when Margaret started on her last adventure and moved to San Angelo, Texas to be closer to her son, David.
Margaret was a faithful Presbyterian all her life, attending church in Stamford, Texas after the Presbyterian church in Rotan closed and then in California while working there, attending First Presbyterian Church in Big Spring from 1954 until 1976; 1979 through 2004 and in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1976 through 1979 and finally at St. Paul Presbyterian Church in San Angelo from 2004 until her passing.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, John Verrell and Fannie Mae Hellums, a younger sister, Frances John Hellums and brother, J. Verrell Hellums and two older sisters, Mabel Hellums Prater and Ruby Hellums Hansard. She is survived by her son, Dr. David Cooper and partner, Calvin Champion, of San Angelo, younger sister, Sara Lee Hellums Kramer of Knoxville, Tennessee and her younger brother, Dr. J. David Hellums and wife, Marilyn, of Houston. Grandson William Clayton of Bruge, Belgium; granddaughter Tabitha Jurene and husband Shawn Dunn of Santa Barbara, California; great granddaughter, Samantha Dunn of Santa Barbara, California as well. Margaret is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and her dear friend Ethel Champion of Cross Plains and, more recently, San Angelo.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Johnson's Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 10 AM on October 31st at St. Paul Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Glenda Harbert presiding. The Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 P.M., at Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan, Texas under the direction of Johnson's Funeral Home. Donations may be made in Margaret's name to St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 11 North Park, and San Angelo, TX 76901.

Family and friends may sign an online register book at www.johnsons-funeralhome.com.

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