Betty Louise Lamb Cooper went to Heaven on Sunday, March 10, 2013.
Betty was born to Elmer and Meda (Morrison) Creamer on March 13, 1923 in Holden, MA. The summers of her early years were happily spent on the family farm outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She attended Worcester State Teacher's College (for the visually impaired) and Worcester Trade School, graduating with certification in Early Childhood Development. On November 20, 1941 she married Albert (Roger) Lamb. Shortly after their marriage, WWII was declared and Roger went into the Air Force. He was sent to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where Betty joined him. When Roger was deployed to the Pacific Theater, Betty returned to Worcester to be with family. Upon Roger's return from the war they moved to Auburn where they remained for over 50 years.
Betty was a devoted and loving wife to Roger, wonderful mother to her children, and treasured her family and friends. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved entertaining. They spent many happy summers at their camp on Kreuger Island where the family enjoyed water skiing, fishing, boating and family gatherings. When her children were grown she worked in the Auburn School Lunch Program and attended the Massachusetts Culinary Institute. She was an avid birder and spent many hours enjoying wildlife. In their retirement years they travelled and camped across Canada to Alaska numerous times. While Betty loved traveling, her favorite place in the world was Camden Maine, where she and Roger spent many happy times. She always said if we lost her in the world, we need only to go Camden Maine… that she would be there waiting for us.
Roger went to Heaven two months before their 50th Anniversary. In 1993, Betty married Stanley Cooper, a life-long friend and widower of her childhood friend, Dorothy Cooper. For a few years they were snowbirds, between Auburn and Boca Raton, Florida, but eventually settled in Boca. Betty was active in the Congregational Church of Boca Raton where she met her best friend, Grayce Esposito. She was also a member of the Orchid Society of Boca Raton, and the Mae Volen Center. She continued pursuing her love of birds and lived on the water where she enjoyed the many migratory birds and the waterfowl that lived there. Friends and neighbors enjoyed seeing her walking in her yard with a long line of ducks following her.
In 2010, Betty moved to Juneau Alaska to be near her daughter. She had many wonderful times playing Skipbo with Jane Dyson, Liz Landen, Joyce Lupro, Melanie Melvin and Harriet Moore. Betty loved whale watching trips, long drives, and family gatherings.
Betty is survived by her two children: Allan Lamb (Janice) of Auburn and Bonnie Gruening (Bradford) of Juneau Alaska. She is also survived by her three grandchildren: Matthew Lamb of Jacksonville, Florida, Melissa Hutchins of Auburn, Andrew Gruening of Anchorage Alaska, and great-grandson, DJ Hutchins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the
, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or the
A private service will be held at a later date in Auburn Massachusetts.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 20 to Mar. 26, 2013