Betty L. Cooper
1925 - 2021
BORN
1925
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Smith Funeral Home
421 New Castle St
Slippery Rock, PA
Betty L. Patterson Cooper of Slippery Rock, Worth Township, passed away Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at Sunnyview Nursing Home in Butler.
She was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Grove City, to Charles Patterson and Gladys Grace Patterson.
She married Frank McClelland "Mack" Cooper on March 16, 1951, and he preceded her in death on April 1, 2011.
Betty graduated from Slippery Rock College and went on to teach physical education at Moniteau School District.
Betty was vivacious and brought great energy to whatever she wanted to do. She loved her family and loved working with people. She and her husband, Mack, operated a farm, and later founded Cooper's Lake Campground, where they hosted the annual Pennsic War for the Society for Creative Anachronism. This annual event, which brings more than 11,000 individuals from all over the world to the campground for a two-week stay, has been a much beloved tradition in our greater community for 48 years. In addition to this event, in 2011, the campground inaugurated the annual Bantam Jeep Rendezvous Festival, which in scope and size is very similar to the Pennsic event, and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021.
Betty and Mack enjoyed traveling and visited many foreign countries.
Betty was a member of the Zion Baptist Church, and often visited the Slippery Rock Baptist Church.
Until recently, Betty and her family enjoyed visiting Florida each winter for two to three months.
Survivors include her sons, Kenneth C. Cooper and Alan F. Cooper, and her daughters, Judith C. (Frederick) Brezel and Cynthia C. (Thomas) Metcalf, all of Slippery Rock; several grandchildren; her great-grandchildren; and her great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, David; and two sisters, Peg and Mary Lou.
COOPER - The family of Betty L. Patterson Cooper, who died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Meling, pastor of the Zion Baptist Church, presiding.
Those wishing to be invited to view the service via Zoom should email their request to [email protected] by 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.
Interment will follow at Zion Baptist Cemetery, overlooking Cooper's Lake.
Memorial contributions may be given to Zion Baptist Cemetery Association, 361 Country View Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057.
Published by Butler Eagle on Dec. 18, 2021.
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21
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21
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..as an old Moniteau grad..nothing but respect for Mrs C...one of the best..prayers to all who knew and loved her..RIP..
Tom Haley
December 24, 2021
So sorry for your loss....it surely is heaven's gain! Our prayers are for your comfort and peace as you deal with this great loss. I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Bill and Red Lott
December 20, 2021
Remona (Roma Keiser) Mansilla
December 20, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Lenny & Rita
December 20, 2021
I never met her but thank her SO much for having Pennsic as Cooper Lake. Blessings to the family and friends for I know the loss (I loss my own mother this year). HUGS and love.
Ola Bellamy "Lachtna Cara"
December 19, 2021
Betty I only knew you for an afternoon in which you made my day so much better and made me feel less alone and more cared for than I had expected. I heard from others later that was just your way. What a great way to be. I know you touched so many lives and I am sure your kindness will be paid forward for many generations. Thank you for sharing your heart and home with so many. May memories of you live on and your loved ones find comfort in them.
Christine Chappell
Other
December 19, 2021
Talymar Melisande Holt Herotus
December 18, 2021
I will always value the times that Betty would visit the Lochac Camp wearing her medieval clothing during Pennsic. She was always gracious and charming and gave off an aura of acceptance and welcome. My condolences to her family, who must feel her loss far more deeply than I.
Flieg Hollander
Other
December 18, 2021
I never got to met Betty in person, but the legacy she created by allowing us to use her feild for the past 1/2 century will last in the joyous memories of all who attended the Pennsic festival.
Paul Estoc
Other
December 18, 2021
Em and Kat
December 18, 2021
I will always remember Betty. Swapping herb plants and recipes with her and Joan. Seeing her tool around Pennsic in her red golf cart. Hanging out at the old store, just catching up. She was always one of the first of the Coopers I saw when I came on site. It not be the same without her. All our love to all the family.
Jana Russ (Chai)
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December 18, 2021
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