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Mrs. Betty Cooper

COOPER, Betty Catherine of Chatham, passed away peacefully with family by her side, on Saturday May 15th, the birthday of her beloved husband Jack Cooper. (Predeceased May 31st, 1999). Born in Chatham 90 years ago on October 4th, 1930, daughter of Gordon and Betty Coutts. Loving mother of Kim and Jill, their children Andrea and Dan Stronks, children Elliott and Audrey; Lindsay and Graham Kivell, children Callahan and Lyla; Darren and Rachel, children Judah and Camille;  Tim and Heidi; Kerry and Terry-Ann, their children Chance and Koral; Keith and Suzanne, their children Melissa and Joel Dejardins, sons Cooper and Carter; Jessica and Jordan Yates, daughters Nora and Beatrix; Jeff and Cleo, sons Francis, Adam, Anthony, and Idris; Shawna and Terry Ray, their children Bryar Lee Ray and Paul Cormier, daughters Ashlyn, Logan and Irelynd; Jordan and Holly, children Juliet, Liam and Indy; Cameron and Tara, their children Hannah, Jack and Katelyn.  Dear sister of Gordie Coutts, Jackie (MaryAnn)Coutts, sisters-in-law Anne Coutts and Betty (Grant) Graham. Also remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brothers Billy and Greg and sister-in-law Pauline.

To family and friends, Mom had many names; Mom, Ma, Pat, Betty, Betty Boop, Nana, Grandma and G.G. Mom had many lifelong friends; Rita Lobzun, Shirley Ward, Barb Webber, Joan Logan and special mention to her fellow “Golden Girls”; Rev. Dr. Marg Moriyama, Ruth Ann Jackson, Carol Marcelle, Kathy Smith, Elaine Tremblay and Alma Carter Churchill.

Mom started her career with the Bank of Montreal then she shifted her focus to raising their five children while Dad was employed with International Harvester. As the children grew, Mom worked at Chatham Coach Lines and then Good Time Travel, where she enjoyed many fun filled bus trips across Canada and the USA.

Mom was a no-nonsense, good natured, quick to laugh type of person. She had a sharp wit, “in-the-know” storytelling and the best memory of us all.  Mom loved getting her hands dirty in her garden, but her favourite pastime was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was famous for her Banana Bread, Date Squares and Lemon Loaf. Mom carried on the tradition of making Christmas stockings for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Each embroidered stocking took countless hours but gave her great joy continuing the tradition her mother started over 67 years ago.

Betty and her family very much appreciated the support of Dr. Moazzam; nurses, Laura, Jenn and Sue from the Thamesview Family Healthcare team who visited Mom at her home; the staff of the ER department and the Rehab department at CKHA where she received the most compassionate care in her last weeks.

Arrangements entrusted to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West, Chatham, 519-352-2710.  Cremation has taken place with a private interment. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation “Rehab Floor”. On-line condolences may be left at

A Celebration of Life: To be held at a later date.

Expression of Sympathy: Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation “Rehab Floor”

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