2018-03-11 / Obituaries


MARGARET ANN (DAFOE BECK) COOPER, of New Lothrop, 89, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018 at The Meadows of Owosso, surrounded by her family. Margaret was born on April 16, 1928 in Owendale to Gordon and Belma Dafoe. She was adopted at age 5 by Solomon and Florence Beck following the death of her parents. She was raised in Pigeon, and graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate. Margaret taught in Owendale, Mt. Morris, and New Lothrop schools. Her passion was teaching children to read. She was a member of the New Lothrop United Methodist Church. On August 23, 1955, Margaret married the love of her life, Aubrey J. Cooper. They were married until his death in 1999.

Margaret is survived by her son, Randall “Randy” Cooper; her daughters, Joy (Matt) Ebenhoeh and Laurie (Tom) Vincke; her seven grandchildren, Chrissy Cooper, Becky (Kyle) Brant, Greg (Caitlin) Ebenhoeh, Gary (Kate) Ebenhoeh, Eric (Elysha) Vincke, Jordan (Heather) Vincke, and Hilary (Richard) Grundas; and her seven great-grandchildren, Harvey Brant, Karter Hope Ebenhoeh, Grayson, Camden, and Harrison Vincke, and Gauge and Aliahna Vincke. She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Aubrey Cooper; her adoptive parents and biological parents; her brothers, Bob Dafoe and Dick Wales; and her sisters, Betty Good, Jean Martin, and Carol Zmich Stringer.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the New Lothrop United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson-House Funeral Homes New Lothrop Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the New Lothrop United Methodist Church or to the Twin Township Library for children’s books. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nelson-house.com.

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