Thelma Cooper

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Thelma Stonger Cooper, 97

Thelma Stonger Cooper, 97, died August 2, 2012, at Rosewalk Village in Lafayette.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at Ellers Mortuary, 725 South Main Street, Kokomo, IN 46902; the Rev. Rebecca S. M. Sundquist officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 AM until1:00 PM Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to South Side Christian Church, 201 E. Markland Ave., Kokomo, IN 46901.

Mrs. Cooper was born October 19, 1914, in Maywood, MO, to Grover and Elizabeth Nunn Goings. She attended college in Kirksville, MO, where she met Verline E. Stonger. They married in 1934 and moved to Kokomo shortly thereafter. Mr. Stonger died Sept. 13, 1952. She married Ernest Cooper on Aug. 17, 1974. He died in 1989.

She was a long-time employee of Union Bank & Trust. She joined the bank in 1955 as a teller in downtown Kokomo and then became a branch manager at what is now Key Bank until her retirement in 1976. She was a longtime member of the Elks Club, the Department Club and South Side Christian Church.

Mrs. Cooper is survived by two daughters, Sharon (Robert) Miller of Lake Wylie, SC formerly of Lafayette), Karol Stonger of New York City and step-son, Larry (Gwen) Cooper of Fair Oaks, CA. Also surviving are four grandchildren (Sidney Miller, Boca Raton, FL; Shannon Miller, Charlotte, NC; Selene Carpenter, Lafayette; and Luc Despaux, New York City), four great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, three brothers (Harold Goings, Chester Goings, Dr. Loren S. Goings) and three step-children (Phyllis Campbell, Jim Cooper, Merry Ellen Hohman) preceded her in death.

You are invited to read Mrs. Cooper's obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message or order flowers for the family. Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Journal & Courier on Aug. 6, 2012
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