Lives Lived: Janet Cooper |

Lives Lived: Janet Cooper

Janet Elaine Cooper, a resident of Nevada County for nearly 40 years, died unexpectedly on Jan. 18 in her beloved home. She was 78.

The family invites friends to a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Unity in the Gold Country Church, 180 Cambridge Court (Whispering Pines), Grass Valley.

Born Nov. 23, 1931, in Oakland to Elvin and Marilyn (Graham) Anderson, Mrs. Cooper spent much of her life in the Bay Area. She attended schools in Oakland and received an associate’s degree from the University of California. Transferring to San Jose State University, she graduated and received a teaching credential, going on to teach elementary school for several years. She loved teaching and enjoyed talking with her grandchildren about their classes and helping with homework.

In 1956, after a skiing accident made him realize what a catch she was, Burton Cooper proposed and they were married in Sun Valley, Idaho.

After several years in Danville, Mrs. Cooper moved the family to the country. She and Burt owned and operated the Penn Valley Mobile Home Park for a number of years. She enjoyed serving on the Ready Springs School Board and volunteered for many community activities including mediation and ombudsman services. Mrs. Cooper was always ready to help, advise and give of herself. Politically active, she served as president of Nevada County Republican Women in 1975.

She had a zest for life and loved to travel. She traveled all over the world, touching five of the seven continents while visiting 64 countries and most of the states in America. She truly enjoyed the company of daughter Carin, her trusted travel companion, on many of those trips.

Janet’s greatest joy was having her family and friends around her. She especially loved having her family to her home during the holidays. She loved the beauty and tranquility of Nevada County, never tiring of the view from her porch on Banner Mountain.

Survivors include her two daughters, Cheryl Anson (Bill) of Fair Oaks and Carin Batham (Mike) of Yuba City; son, Britt Cooper (Jenny); four granddaughters (Molly, Brynn, Hannah and Sophie), and brother, Steve Anderson.

In remembrance, please consider a donation to Mrs. Cooper’s favored charitable organizations, Doctors without Borders or any local animal/pet rescue group.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory in Grass Valley.

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