Pamela A. Cooper, the daughter of John Turner and Betty Jean (Cooper) Prather, was born August 19, 1947, in St. Joseph, Missouri. She attended Tarkio High School, Tarkio, Missouri, graduating in 1965. Pam attended Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado, for two years before attending University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. She graduated in 1969, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Elementary Education.

On September 1, 1973, Pam was united in marriage to David Cooper at the United Methodist Church, Tarkio. They made their home in Fairfax, Missouri, and became the parents of two children, Phillip and Magen.

Pam’s first teaching position as a Speech Pathologist was in Pueblo, Colorado, and then Denver, Colorado. Following her marriage, Pam returned to Fairfax and over the course of her career taught at every school in Atchison and Holt County. Because of her caring, patient, and approachable personality, Pam touched the lives of hundreds of children. She retired in 2012.

Pam was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, Missouri, serving on the church council and played piano for the Presbyterian Church, Fairfax. She was a member of Sorosis Club, Fairfax, and PEO Chapter FF, Tarkio. Pam was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and the Pitch Club. She enjoyed taking Magen to gymnastics when she was younger.

Pam passed away Monday, July 25, 2022, in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the age of 74.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include husband, David Cooper, Fairfax; children, Phillip D. Cooper, Fairfax, and Magen (Tracy) Norcross, St. Joseph, Missouri; four grandchildren, Kolbe L. Cooper, Kilea M. Cooper, Kaden A. Cooper, and Lauren A. Durkin; sister, Vickie (Bill) Smith, Fairfax; nephews, Zac (Katy) Smith, Fairfax, and Nic Smith, Platte City, Missouri; brother-in-law, James R. (Candice) Cooper, Fairfax; nephew, Donovan (Tracy) Cooper, Fairfax; and niece, Pepe (Jade) Wright, Mound City, Missouri.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 29, 2022, at First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, conducted by Rev. Franz Brandenburg. Interment was at English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax. Memorials may be directed to English Grove Cemetery, Fairfax. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.