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Louise Cooper

Louise Cooper, 100, of Culbertson, died Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.

Louise Rosiena Eschenbacher was born Dec. 23, 1918, on the family farm near Froid to August Herman and Maria Cathrina (Wagner) Eschenbacher. She was raised and educated in the area, walking a mile to school every day by McCabe.
Louise was united in marriage to Alvin George Dell Cooper on May 9, 1942, at the Methodist Parsonage in Culbertson. Alvin entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 6, 1942, and Louise joined him in Jefferson, Mo., for his basic training. She traveled with her husband during his entire service career, including Lincoln, Neb.; Winfield, Kansas; San Angelo, Texas; and Chanute Field, Ill.
After Alvin’s discharge, they returned to Froid. After two years, they bought Alvin’s grandfather’s farm, where they remained until Alvin became ill. They then moved into the town of Culbertson. Louise remained in Culbertson until her death.
She loved seeing all her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She and Alvin would travel many miles to see each one.
She loved being on the farm, raising her chickens, ducks and geese. Louise especially enjoyed springtime on the farm with all the young animals. She also assisted Alvin at the Montana Liquor Store # 89. She established the Maude Schustze Foundation after Maude’s death in 1982.
Louise was a very active member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary where she traveled extensively with the auxiliary on a local and state level, Culbertson Senior Citizens and a charter member of both North East Montana Threshing and Antique Club and the Culbertson Saddle Club.
She enjoyed watching and listening to birds, reading (she was a very fast reader), her cat Estelle and going to as many graduations, weddings, ball games and activities as she could. She was often seen helping many friendless people.
She is survived by her son, Sylvester Cooper of Sidney; daughters, Juanita Walter Olson of Culbertson and Florence Braathen, Minot, N.D.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by all of her siblings.
Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the United Methodist Church in Culbertson. Rev. Tim Hutslar will officiate. Interment in Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson will follow the funeral service.
Friends may call at the Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home in Williston, N.D., on Thursday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. until noon Central Time. There will be visitation at the United Methodist Church in Culbertson on Friday evening from 4 until 6 p.m. and for the hour preceding the service at the church on Saturday. A family service, open to the public, will be at the church beginning at 6 p.m. Friday evening.