Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 31, 2013

Maureen Vereaux Cooper

TRAVERSE CITY — Maureen Vereaux Cooper, 92, resident of Williamsburg, Mich., passed away July 29, 2013 at Munson Hospital from natural causes.

She was born in Detroit, Aug. 13, 1920, the daughter of Lawrence and Lucille Edwards. Maureen attended Commerce High School in Detroit and received a high school diploma. Maureen was married to Charles Edward Fairbanks in November of 1943. Together they had one child, Maxine Fairbanks. Soon after, her first beloved husband died fighting for our country in World War II. Following his death she served our country by working in the factories during the War. Maureen then remarried Hazen (Casey) Cooper on June 7, 1957. She moved to the Rapid City area in the 1980s.

Maureen was a very hard working woman who spent her working career in a variety of jobs from retail to printing companies and most importantly a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a fabulous cook, an avid reader, pet lover and gardener. Maureen will always be remembered for her abundant love of family, her wonderful sense of humor and her optimism and contentment in all that life threw at her.

She was the last of 15 children to pass away. She is survived by her best friend and daughter, Maxine Fairbanks; grandchildren Kelly Carlson and Chris Stevens (wife Leanne); and great-grandchildren Anthony, Allyson, Alexander and Anderson Carlson and Madelyn, Dylan and Sawyer Stevens.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids. A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, Scared Heart Roman Catholic Church in Elk Rapids with Father Robert J. Zuchowski presiding. Burial will take place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in Traverse City.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids.

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