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Dorothy Cooper

May 14, 1921-Jan. 27, 2009

Former Elbow Lake resident Dorothy E. Cooper, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at her home in Diamond Willow Assisted Living, Detroit Lakes.

Dorothy Elizabeth Pargman was born to Frederich and Bernice (Cross) Pargman on May 14, 1921, in Buckley, Ill. She and her family moved to Minnesota when she was only two years old.

Dorothy married John Cooper on Oct. 4, 1939. Following their marriage, the couple made their home on a farm just one mile south of where John was born. Forty years later, they moved to Elbow Lake. For the past year, Dorothy had been living at Diamond Willows Assisted Living in Detroit Lakes.

In addition to farming, Dorothy worked at the Wendell Creamery, candling eggs, and later worked for the Mendelson Egg Company in Elbow Lake. Dorothy then began a 12-year career at the Grant County Hospital, where she started as a nurse's aide, then became a cook, and later, the dietary supervisor. Following her retirement, Dorothy began her day care service, where she was known as "Grandma Dorothy" for many years to several families in the community.

Dorothy's greatest joy in life was her love and devotion to her family. She was very proud of her family and eager to share that fact with her friends and family alike. She enjoyed her many crafts, including ceramics, counted cross-stitch, needlepoint, and most recently, painting dish towels. There was always a fresh supply of baked "goodies" for all of Dorothy's visitors.

Surviving Dorothy are her children, Janet (Bill) Lacey of Medina, Texas, Roger (Ruth) Cooper of Barnesville, Shirley (Richard) Perry of Milaca, Sharon (Lyle) Foss of Minnetonka, John (Mollie) Cooper of Salem, Ark., and DeAnn (Jimmie) Anderson of Frazee; 26 grandchildren; over 40 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; her sister, Marlene Rustad of Tower; brother Harold Pargman of Topeka, Kansas; and sister-in-law Eyona Pargman of California.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents; her husband John; son Donald; son-in-law Daniel Vukelich; daughter-in-law Georgia Cooper; three great grandchildren; and two brothers.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home; there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church one hour before services on Saturday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake, with the Rev. Bob Toso officiating. Burial was in the Union Cemetery, Elbow Lake.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Elbow Lake. Online condolences may be left at