Imogene Peters Cooper, 86, of Tacoma, Washington died July 10, 2008, in the home of her niece, Ruth Smith and husband Wayne, with whom she had lived for the last five years. Imogene, daughter of the Reverend Okko and Mary Peters, was born January 23, 1922, on a farm north of Wesley, Iowa. The family moved to Illinois in 1924 and in 1936 moved to Traer, Iowa. From her one-room country school near Sutter, Illinois, she went to Warsaw High School and graduated from Traer High School.
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Imogene moved to Chicago and in 1946 married August W. Kaupert in Downers Grove, Illinois. Both worked for a Chicago trucking company and made their home in Lemont, Illinois, until he died in 1960. In 1962 she married Rudy Cooper. They subsequently moved to New Orleans where she worked in the office of Overhead Doors. In 1974 they retired to a Cay off of Utila Island, one of the Bay Islands of Honduras where Rudy had grown up. There she was active in her church, playing the piano and frequently singing solos. On the Cay she was known for her pleasant personality, her homemade ice cream, her great baking and for taking people’s blood pressure. After Rudy died, in 1987, she continued to live there until 2003 when she moved to Tacoma.
Imogene is survived by a brother, Harley Peters of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two sisters, Verna Limkemann of Quincy, Illinois, and Virginia Kaupert of Boise, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by stepchildren Judy Bennett, Kay Manzanares, Josie Figueroa, and James and Niger Cooper. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Murray Peters and Harry Peters; and two sisters, Mildred Luder and Helen Swain.
Arrangements are being handled by Edwards Memorial Center, Tacoma, Washington. A memorial service will be held July 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Harvard Campus of Praise Covenant Church at 85th and Portland in Tacoma.