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Frances Olive Cooper

September 24, 1922 — August 31, 2010

Frances Olive Grant Cooper, 87, formerly of La Grande and St. George, Utah, died peacefully Aug. 31 at Art City Nursing Center in Springville, Utah.

A service was held Sept. 3 at the Springville Spring Creek Chapel. Burial was at the St. George Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 24, 1922, to Charles Henry and Sarah Inez Nelson Grant in Weiser, Idaho. She married Cecil Walter Cooper June 11, 1941. They were later sealed June 14, 1962, in the Salt Lake Temple.

Those who knew her say she was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings throughout her life. She loved serving in the St. George Temple and her calling as a visiting teacher.

Those who knew her say her testimony has been a source of strength to all. In the process of building 12 houses, Frances became skilled at framing, roofing, sheet rock, painting, masonry and landscaping. Those who knew her say her building skills were legendary in

La Grande and she was the subject of a story on the Paul Harvey radio show.

Frances loved her family, music, painting, reading her scriptures, traveling, sewing and more. She was constantly doing productive things to serve others and to improve her life. She loved to sew and made many things over the years, including quilts for all of her grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons and a daughter, Ron Cooper of Salem, Dennis and Debbie Cooper of Salem, Douglas and Denise Cooper of Springville, and Mary and Don Ganschow of Palo Alto, Calif,; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cecil Walter Cooper; brothers, David, Melvin, Jimmy, Darwin and Hollis; sisters, June, Norma, Veda, Larene, Fern and Alta; and a grandson, Cameron McCall Cooper.

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