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A woman to remember through the ages! She gave everything to all that she loved!
Betty Louise "Cooper" War claimed her seat in the Great Bingo Hall in the sky on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
Surrounded by countless family members and friends during her final days, Betty maintained who she was until her final breath. Even in her final days she still gave advice to all her loved ones. As expected, her advice was "dobbed" here and there with her colorful words. Her vivacious appetite for life, gave tribute to her countless acts of kindness, for her family and friends. If she wasn't at the Bingo Hall, or
her "Night Job" as she so often called it, you could guarantee she was in the kitchen cooking lasagna and spaghetti for every occasion. Miracle Grow was her secret weapon when it came to her petunias and begonias. But, when it came to helping all her children grow (if you were in need, you were her child), it was always with true Betty War fashion. Her perfect mixture of straight forward attitude, paired
with her unconditional love, became her signature style.
Betty Louise "Cooper" War was always more than just a loving woman. She was a Mother; Daughter; Sister; Grandmother; Great-Grandmother; Foster Mother, and Best Friend. She was the rock that provided stability for all those in need.
Betty Louise "Cooper" War was born in Hartshorne, on Sept. 13, 1928, to Tony Cooper and Catherine Dalpoas Cooper. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in Hartshorne and Chilocco lndian School in Kay County. She met Frank C. War, of the Ponca Tribe, and they were married in 1946, in Winfield, Kansas.
Betty worked over 40 years in the dormitory and kitchen at Jones Academy before retiring. She had a special place in her heart for the students of Jones Academy.
Surviving children include Adell War Peak, of Muskogee, and Frank War and wife, Teresa, of Dow; grandchildren, Brian Whitlow, Vance Whitlow, Steven Peak, Janai and Ryan Shumway, Rachele War, and Anthony War. Great-grandchildren, Reagan Whittow, Cru Whitlow, Dylan Shumway, Jake Whitlow, Ayden Shumway, Ryen Whitlow, and Arie Whitlow; brother, Richard Cooper and wife, Bobbie, of Hartshorne. Sister, Pat Denning, of Tennessee, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Foster sons, Jim Bird, Loy Factor, and Terry Faulkner. Foster daughter, Faith Ann Reavis. Special friends include Norma Grove, Lily Konsure, and Jo Masters, Carl and Loretta Nick, Tom and Sharon Verdel, and Roger and Shirley Day.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tony and Catherine Cooper; husband, Frank C. War; mother-in-law, Grace Little Warrior. Siblings, Constance "Connie" Giacomo, of Krebs, Kenneth Marsh, of lndiana, and Sylvester "Tony'' A. Cooper, of Savanna, and brother-in-law, Bobby Denning.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Brian and Vance Whitlow, Steven Peak and Anthony War. Great-grandsons, Cru Whitlow, Dylan and Adyen Shumway, and Jake Whitlow.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Escoe, Roger Day, Cecil Day, Randy Day, Robert Smith, Carl Nick, Johnny Nick and Terry Rich.
A Rosary will be recited at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home in McAlester today, April 30, at 6 p.m. Father Leonard Higgins will preside over Mass at St. John's Catholic Church on May 1, at 11:00 a.m.
SHE WAS THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH WE STOOD UPON
THE WALLS AND ROOF WHICH HELPED PROTECT US FROM THE ELEMENTS
THE FIREPLACE THAT WARMED OUR HEARTS
THE KITCHEN THAT FEED OUR SOULS
SHE WAS OUR HOME
Published on April 30, 2017
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