Bea Cooper

Obituary of Bea Cooper

Bea Cooper, 79, of Windsor, Missouri, died Tuesday evening, June 12, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

She was born September 4, 1938 in Morton, Washington, the daughter of Alfred Gene Carver and Bonney Jeanne (Peters) Carver. After her father Alfred’s untimely death, her mother married Gerald Parnell who Bea considered like a father. On January 12, 1978 in Nevada, Mo., she married Clifford Cleatis Cooper and he survives of the home in Windsor.

Affectionately known as “Aunt Bea,” she worked in various restaurants as a cook including the golf course in Harrisonville, Mo. After saving enough money, she opened “Bea’s Unixex Salon” in Harrisonville and worked as a beautician for a number of years. She was a member of the Missouriah Washashe tribe. Born in 1938, Bea referred to herself as the “38 Special”. She loved music from the 38 Special Band, especially their songs, ‘Hold on Loosely’, ‘Second Chance’, and ‘Caught Up In You’. She also enjoyed country, jazz, blues and big band music. Bea loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, and gardening. She also enjoyed collecting antiques, sewing, crochet, and quilting. She enjoyed helping others and operated “Helping Hands” for several years, giving assistance to those in need.

In addition to her husband, Clifford, survivors include 5 children, Ralina J. Beckham/Newman, Green Ridge, Mo.; Randy Delbert Stevens, Twentynine Palms, California; Ronald Lee Bass Jr., Windsor, Mo; Rodney Lee Bass, Windsor, Mo; and Tracie Fredericks, Osceola, Mo.; a step-daughter, Jennifer Lynn Nelson, Joplin, Mo.; a step-son, Jason Schmitt; 10 grandchildren, Ragina Marie, Maholo Beckham, Jessica Elizabeth Stevens, Nathanial Jacob Stevens, Marty Lee Bass, Jeanie Ann Bass, Jennifer Renea Chambers, Maelea Nicole Bass, Xavier Lee Bass, and Robert James Janson; 3 step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; 3 half-brothers, Gerald  Parnell, Ronnie Parnell, and Kenny Parnell; a half-sister, Marla (Parnell) Montgomery; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred Carver and Jerry Carver; a step-daughter, Lavonne Nicole Cooper; a step-son, Larry Dean Lionberger; and 2 grandsons, George Stevens Padgett Jr., and Allen Roy Pagett.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, with Pastor Pete Hill officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday morning before the service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. The family suggests contributions to help with funeral expenses and may be left in care of the funeral home.

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