Winona Cooper, the daughter of James and Ruby (Zimmerman) Harding, was born December 2, 1925, in Allendale, Missouri. She was the oldest of six children. Winona attended numerous northwest Missouri schools before graduating from Shenandoah High School, Shenandoah, Iowa, in 1943. She then attended the American Institute of Business, Des Moines, Iowa, graduating in 1944.
On August 21, 1945, Winona was united in marriage to Billie Dean Cooper in Hiawatha, Kansas. The couple moved to San Diego, California, while B.D. was in the Navy. After returning to Missouri, they made their home in St. Joseph and Kansas City, while becoming the parents of two sons, David and James Russell. The family moved to Fairfax in 1961, where they lived until the present time.
Winona was employed by John Deere in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Exchange Bank, Fairfax, retiring in 1987. She then worked with her son J.R. at the Fairfax Elevator Company.
Winona was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, Missouri. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren at their sporting events. Winona passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Rock Port, at the age of 95.
Besides her parents and husband, B.D. Cooper, Winona was preceded in death by siblings, Harold and J.W. Harding and Opal Fuller. Survivors include sons, David (Pam) Cooper and J.R. (Pete) Cooper, both of Fairfax; four grandchildren, Phillip Cooper, Magen (Tracy) Norcross, Donovan (Tracy) Cooper, Pepe (Jade) Wright; 10 great-grandchildren, Kolbe, Kilea and Kaden Cooper, Lauren Durkin, Boo and Brody Cooper, Britney, Blade, Bentley and Brett Wright; siblings, Ruth Bodeker, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Karol Anne Chicken, Grant City, Missouri.
Graveside service and interment will be at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021, at English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax. Open visitation begins at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 29, at Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port. There is no family visitation. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church, Rock Port. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Services are under the direction of Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.