The Billings Outpost

Rose Emma Cooper

Rose Emma Cooper, 105, who was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died in her sleep on April 25, 2012.

She was born May 18, 1906, the eighth of 10 children of Lewis Bedque Maxfield and Emma Artimissa Butler in Granite, Utah. She graduated from Granite High school and received training in secretarial skills in the LOS Business School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She became a receptionist in a dental office in Salt Lake City and received training as a dental assistant. There she married Dr. William “Doc” Sherman Marks.

They relocated to Bakersfield, Calif., where Dr. Marks had his dental practice. While she was in the hospital after giving birth to their third child, Dr. Marks died of a heart attack on May 14, 1934.

She married Arthur Lucius Cooper on Oct. 12, 1937, at the LOS Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had two children, both of whom survive. Mr. Cooper died Feb. 21, 1974, during a hospital exploratory procedure to check blockage in his arteries.

Mrs. Cooper served in her Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation as president of the Primary, in the presidency of the Young Women and as president of the Relief Society. She served a two-year mission at the age of 75 for the church in the Little Rock, Ark., area, and later served as a Temple Extraction worker. She was diligent at working on her genealogy.

She had lived in Utah, California and Idaho before residing in Billings.

Survivors include a daughter, Lou Tilzey; a son, Ashley Kennon Cooper; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield, Calif.


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