June Arlene Cooper, 85, of North Platte, Nebraska, died October 15, 2021 at her home in North Platte, NE.
June was born September 28, 1936, north of Moorefield in Lincoln County, NE, daughter of John Henry (Jack) and Jessie Erma (Speck) Martin. The first of four children. During the Depression they lived in Idaho, Gothenburg and Farnam. She was baptized in the Baptist Church in Farnam in 1948.
She attended and graduated from Farnam Public Schools and then attended Kearney State College for two years and received an associate degree in Cosmetology. June married Norlin Cooper on June 8, 1958 in Farnam. To this union three children were born, Kimberly Sue, Shelby Corlin, and Tracy Lee.
June and Norlin lived in North Platte from 1977 and owned and operated Big John’s Bar and Lounge. Following Norlin’s passing, June owned and operated Shangri-La Beauty Salon. She made the best chokecherry jelly and made breakfast every Sunday for any and all family who were in town, she was a great cook. Her many talents included, making quilts for Vets and over a 100 masks for the Retirement Centers and volunteered at Centennial Park where she played the piano and did book reviews for the elderly - many were younger than her.
She loved to go to her children’s, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s events. She also enjoyed bowling, crossword puzzles, puzzles, knitting and reading. She was a great mother, grandmother. While her health was good she walked 4-6 miles a week and then after her illness she had to stop.
Survivors include a daughter, Kimberly (Bradley) Johnson of North Platte; two sons, Shelby Cooper of Round Rock, TX, Tracy (Michelle Mould) Cooper of Georgetown, TX; Nine grandchildren; Kristina (Sam) Smith, Mallory (Oz Cardona), Bobbie, and Maggie Johnson, Jensen, Brennan, and Lexie Cooper, Tristan and Grayson Cooper; seven great grandchildren; Aschton, Cohle, Ty Ann, Kasante, Shane, Annalina and Ethan; two brothers, Jerry (Sandra) Martin of Fairbury, Doug (Susan) Martin of Lincoln; sister, Norma Florom of McCook and numerous nieces and nephews.
June was preceded in death by her husband, father and mother.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, October 18, 2021, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, October 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm with officiating.
Burial will follow in the Farnam Cemetery, Farnam, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society.
Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, October 15, 2021
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