Cooper, Ethel (Morton) (September 3, 1894 - June 17, 1940)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Ray

Cooper on Wednesday Passed Away at Cooper Saw Mill Early Monday Morning

Douglas Budget - June 27, 1940

Mrs. Ethel Cooper, wife of Ray Cooper, for many years a resident of Douglas, passed away at the Cooper saw mill near Esterbrook last Monday morning about 5 o'clock. Mrs. Cooper had been in ill health for about a year. An operation performed about ten months ago brought relief for a time but did not bring back her health.

She had been living with a sister in Laramie the past few months while under the doctor's care and came to Douglas and out to the mill near Esterbrook operated by Mr. Cooper and son only about three weeks ago.

Funeral services were held at the Hofmann Chapel at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. J.M. Falconer officiating. A quartet composed of Mrs. C.E. Clark, Mrs. John Slonaker, T.C. Daniels and Norman Gale sang, accompanied by Miss Florence Cook. Pallbearers were Dick Jameson, Veldon Saul, James Willox, Tim Nostrum, John Slonaker and F.w. Bartling. Interment was in Douglas Park cemetery. Friends and relatives from Cheyenne, Laramie and Glenrock joined the many from Douglas and Esterbrook who came to pay their last.

Ethel Morton, daughter of Alex and Jennie Morton, was born at Cheyenne September 3, 1894. Her mother died when she was but seven years of age.

In 1910 she came with her father and family to Douglas and located on a ranch in the LaBonte valley south of Douglas.

On December 31, 1912, at Harrison, Neb., she was married to Ray Cooper. Her home was in Douglas from 1912 to 1936, during which time she made a host of friends. She was a favorite clerk for many years with the Merritt and Keller dry goods stores. Mr. Cooper during this period was in the automobile business.

In 1936 they moved to Laramie and for over three years operated a tourist camp. This disposed of shortly after Christmas last year and Mr. Cooper and his son opened up the saw mill on Mary Cooper creek which they now operate.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband and son, Leroy; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Benedict of Laramie and Mrs. Ruth Wahlen of Pueblo, Colo., and a brother Bill Morton, of Esterbrook, all of whom were here for the funeral.

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