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Erma Cooper, Jan. 9, 1937 - April 23, 2013

Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Erma Cooper passed away on April 23, 2013, after a short battle with brain cancer.

Erma Cooper was born Jan. 9, 1937, to Robert Birch and Louisa (Jacobson) Birch, in Wahsatch, Utah. She lived on various railroad sections throughout Wyoming and attended school in Evanston.

On Nov. 10, 1956, she married Dester Cooper Jr., in Kemmerer. They left Evanston in August 1959 and lived in Oregon, Calif., Arizona and Tennessee. They had one daughter and later divorced. That is when she, and her daughter, moved back to Evanston. She loved to fish, camp, bake where her specialty was cheesecake, collect Teddy Bears and had a shrine of pictures of her family. Erma worked many vocations including pumping gas at the age of 12, waiting tables, housekeeping, driving semi-truck for Halliburton, tower guard at the Rawlins State Penitentiary, but her greatest was being a CAN and caring for the elderly and disabled.

She was the youngest of four children and is survived by her daughter, Ginger Newsome (David); granddaughter, Heather Newsome (J. Matt Edwards III); beloved sister, Noreen Garner; three nephews; one niece; a step grandson; and many extended family members and friends.

Erma was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, one brother, and two nephews. Erma was known to give you the shirt off your back, work hard and take in stray animals. She was a member of the Catholic Church and a former member of the Evanston Chapter of the Eastern Star.

Cremation has taken place at her request and she also requested that there be no memorial or services. In lieu of flowers, gifts, or cards, please donate to the Lordís Storehouse.

For the complete article see the 05-08-2013 issue.

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