Shirley Reddell Cooper

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Shirley Ann Reddell Cooper, 82, of Perryton, died Monday, March 5, 2018 in Perryton. There will be a private family burial at Ochiltree Cemetery, and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Perryton, officiated by Rev. Mark Metzger. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Perryton, Mrs. Cooper was born June 24, 1935 in McKinney, to Eugene (Gene) R. and Clara McKinney Reddell. She was a direct descendant of Collin McKinney and Elder J. B. Wilmeth, two early pioneers who settled in Collin County in 1846 and played a big part in the early history of Texas, Collin County, and McKinney. Mrs. Cooper graduated from McKinney Boyd High School in 1953 and was awarded the Balfour Award, the Most Outstanding Student. She attended Texas Christian University and received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1957. She was the President of the Student Senate. She was a founding member and president of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was nominated Class Favorite two separate years. Mrs. Cooper married Don Cooper on June 7, 1957 at the First Christian Church in McKinney. They moved to Fort Eustis Base in Virginia, where Don served in the Army. After the time of his service, they moved to Lubbock, where they resided for 10 years. They had a son, Timothy John (Tim) Cooper, and a daughter, D’Ann (Dee) Cooper. Shirley and Don had been married for over 61 years. Mrs. Cooper received her Master’s of British Literature at Texas Tech University in 1965. While in Lubbock, Shirley worked toward her doctoral studies and taught English at Texas Tech University. Mrs. Cooper came from a family of educators and was an educator for a total of 28 years. Her direct ancestors created and taught classes for 40 years in a Free School, that was located in the second floor of their home. These same family members later became professors at Ad-Rand College in Fort Worth, (now known as TCU). In 1968, they moved to Perryton, where Shirley taught Senior English for 26 years. She was the Head of the English Department in the Perryton Independent School District and the Senior Sponsor. She also was the Cheerleader sponsor and the NHS sponsor. Mrs. Cooper was a member of various Teachers’ professional associations. She has served as the President of Delta Kappa Gamma (honorary society of teachers), and was a member of Jennie Junes. She served as a board member of the Perryton Credit Union for 24 years and a board member for the Perry Memorial Library. She was an Elder and Deacon at the First Christian Church and on the Mission Board of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Cooper was a scholar, teacher, and lifelong learner. She loved camping, the mountains and watching the ocean, spending many winters in south Texas with Don. She was a voracious reader and traveler. She had a love of animals, and an appreciation for art and quilting. She loved her kids, those she taught and her children. She inspired us all in her determination to live and to live life fully. Mrs. Cooper is survived by her husband Don; her children, Tim, his wife Paula; and her daughter, Dee. She has two grandchildren, John and Cullen; three great-grandchildren, Hunter, Haylie, and Hadlee; and many, many friends. Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her parents. The family requests memorials be made to Ranger Academic Enrichment Foundation, P.O. Box 179, Perryton, Texas, 79070; First United Methodist Church, Perryton, P.O. Box 987, Perryton, Texas, 79070; or to one’s favorite charity

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