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Betty Geraldine (Cooper) Ellis


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Betty Geraldine (Cooper) Ellis Obituary
Betty Geraldine Cooper Ellis went home February 18, 2017.  Betty was born on February 19, 1931 to J.B. and Ellie Mae Cooper, Sr. of Roscoe, TX. She was raised in the First United Methodist Church of Roscoe.  Betty was very active in the Methodist Youth Fellowship.  After graduating from Roscoe High School in 1948, she continued her education as a Home Economics major at Southern Methodist University.  During her time at SMU, Betty was an active member of Gamma Phi Beta. She met the love of her life James Richard Ellis while at SMU.  They married May 31, 1952 at Perkins Chapel being the first to marry in the "new" chapel. James worked as a lawyer and Betty as a secretary for Sun Oil Company as they started their married life together. Betty was the proud mother of Robert and Richard. She enjoyed being part of the United Methodist Women's Circle at Highland Park Methodist Church as well as volunteering for the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund. Betty was a faithful child of God, loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She was a friend to many. Betty was preceded in death by her parents Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Cooper, Sr., husband James Richard Ellis, brother J.B. Cooper, Jr., and sister Martha Eloise Cooper Reed, cousins: Bill and Kathryn Birdwell. Survivors include: sister-in-law Mava Cooper, son Robert Brian Ellis of Dallas, TX, son Richard Mark Ellis DDS of Temple, TX, daughter-in-law Catherine McClane Ellis, granddaughters: Kaitlyn Michelle Ellis of Temple, TX, Ashley Marie Ellis of College Station, TX and Lauren Nicole Ellis of Temple TX, nieces: Cheryl Johnnie, Alicyn Mayes, Stacia Jameson, Sue Cannon and Eileen Hilliard, and cousin Jim Birdwell. Graveside services will be conducted by McCoy Funeral Home at the Roscoe Cemetery on February 25, 2017 at 11am with Doctor Bob Monk officiating. Flowers may be delivered to McCoy Funeral Home or in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Roscoe, TX. A memorial service will be in Dallas at 10am on March 25, 2017 at Cox Chapel, Highland Park United Methodist Church. For the memorial service flowers may be sent to the church or in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the church. Online condolences may be expressed at mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Feb. 22, 2017
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