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Obituary ~ Elva Louisa (Pullen) Cooper
August 18, 1918 ~ November 30, 1993
Elva Louisa, daughter of Chester Clyde and Rosa Etta (Gray) Pullen, was born August 18, 1918 in Decatur County, Iowa and died November 30, 1993 at the Leon Care Center in Leon, Iowa at the age of 75 years. Elva had lived in Des Moines, Iowa and had come to the Leon Care Center just two weeks ago.
In 1936 she married George Andrew Cooper and they were parents of two children, Harold and Marilyn. George was killed in Germany in 1945 during World War II.
Elva moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1952. She attended Beauty School and then owned her own beauty shop for 18 years. Later she worked at Montgomery Wards in Merle Hay Mall until her retirement at age 62.
In her younger days Elva loved to dance (and had even taken dancing lessons.) Her work didn't allow much time for leisure, but she enjoyed cooking when she had time. She especially looked forward to visits from Harold.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband George; one sister Evelyn McKee; and four brothers: Vernon, Jasper, Darrell and Shelby Pullen.
Survivors include her son Harold Cooper and wife Virginia of Leon, Iowa; daughter Marilyn Belew and husband Johnny of Springfield, Missouri; 6 grandchildren: Kenny, Sherry and Danny Belew, and Mike, John and Ronnie Cooper; 3 great granddaughters; 4 great grandsons; one sister Flossie Earley and husband Max of Leon; 2 sisters-in-law: Veltia Pullen of Des Moines and Ella Mae Pullen of Illinois; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Source: Funeral Card, Dec. 4, 1993, original in Bill Akes Funeral Card Scrapbook