Shirley L. Cooper

Shirley L. Cooper, 83, of Lewistown died early Saturday morning, Aug. 19, 2017 in the Central Montana Medical Center from complications of pneumonia.  

She was born Nov. 21, 1933 in Shelby, Montana, the daughter of John and Georgia (Buchanan) Crosser. She received her schooling in Lewistown, graduating from Fergus High School in 1952. She then went on to receive her two-year teaching certificate from Western Montana College in Dillon, Montana. That is where she met Howard A. Cooper. They were united in marriage on Sept. 5, 1954 in Lewistown. They settled in Lewistown in 1958 and started their family, welcoming two daughters, Teri and Leslie. Shirley worked at the Fergus County Federal Credit Union, the First National Bank and the Fergus County Assessor’s Office until her retirement.

After retirement, she enjoyed researching her family history, making scrapbooks for her grandchildren and spending time with her family and friends. She was involved in the united Methodist Church and the Central Montana Medical Center Auxiliary, where she took pleasure in making scrapbooks for the auxiliary.

Shirley never knew a stranger, she enjoyed visiting with everyone. She was very much a people person!

Shirley is survived by her husband of 62 years, Howard, of Lewistown; daughters Teri Olsen (Bill Stiff) of Grass Range and Leslie (Patrick) O’Brien of Jacksonville, Florida; four grandchildren: Kayla Olsen, Lauren O’Brien, Casey Olsen and Clint Olsen; two great-grandsons: Kane and Cord Olsen; several nieces, nephews and cousins, DeeDee (Nelson) Stanich of Billings and Jack Coffeman of Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.

Celebrations of Life for Shirley L. Cooper will be held in November. At her request cremation has taken place. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana, the Central Montana Medical Center Auxiliary or the charity of their choice, and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.  Condolences for the family may be posted online at



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