Betty Jean Cooper

October 26, 1925January 29, 2019

Betty Jean Cooper, age 93, of Centerville, MA passed away on January 29, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Betty was the daughter of Gladys M. (Nelson) and Egbert J. Dalton and was the step-daughter of James Forgham.

Born on October 26, 1925 in Brockton, Betty was a 1943 graduate of East Bridgewater High School where she was the Salutatorian. In 1945 Betty graduated from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston. In 1946, Betty married the late Robert L. Cooper, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage.

Betty worked at General Dynamics and Radcliffe College before moving to Alameda, California where she worked for the Police Department. Upon returning to the East Coast, Betty worked at the East Bridgewater Public Library where she started the Children’s Story Hour Program. Betty also served as the Library Substitute at all of the East Bridgewater Public Schools.

Betty’s family lovingly describes her as a world class worrier who was fiercely independent and had a wicked sense of humor. A voracious reader, Betty was an active member of the East Bridgewater High School Booster Club, the East Bridgewater Congregational Church and a longtime member of the Covels Beach Bunnies. Her family is especially grateful to Betty for dedicating time to developing a special and unique relationship with each and every member of her family.

Betty leaves behind her loving children: son Paul R. Cooper and his wife Suzanne of Portland, ME; son John W. Cooper and his wife Kathleen of Wethersfield, CT; and son Peter D. Cooper and his wife Andrea of Yarmouth, ME. Betty is also survived by her seven grandchildren; Zachary, Matthew and his wife Jennifer, Alexandra and her husband Connor, Jennifer and her husband Matthew, Maxwell, Calvin and Mari as well as Betty’s four great-grandchildren; Fallon, Brooke, Clover and Jack, her nephew Jay Miller, her sister-in-law Catherine Cooper, her nieces Jennifer Cooper and Kate Metts and her great nephew Cooper Metts. Betty is predeceased by her brother-in-law Richard Cooper, her aunt, Frances Miller, and her grandparents Lottie and Gustave Nelson with whom she lived while growing up.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers Betty asked that people contribute to their favorite charity.


  • Future Services to be Announced at a Later Date

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art nagle

February 13, 2019

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time

The Nagle Family

Pauline Skingsley

February 11, 2019

I am one of the surviving "Covels Beach Bunnies" - as Betty used to call us. Betty would join the
Bunnies almost every day and we would share so many wonderful stories and laughs. She always
liked to show us her new bathing suit. Betty was such an upbeat gal - always brought out the best
of us all. Oftentimes - after days at Covels, we would gather at one another's house for "happy hour"
and happy they were. Betty often sent me cat cartoons from The New Yorker because I have 3 cats.
She always sent me the funniest! And, we often met for lunch at "the 99" to discuss our latest aches
and pain or adventures. Remembering Betty brings smiles to my face, but tears to my heart, knowing
that we won't be joking again. God bless you Betty Jean Cooper and know that you were a special
person to all of the Covels Beach Bunnies...I am flooded with so many happy memories of you. RIP

Victoria Boucher

February 11, 2019

Betty was first my colleague at the Public Library, then quickly became one of my dear friends. After the move to Centerville, she became a faithful pen pal. One year, a typo in the Brockton Enterprise had christened her Betty Mean Cooper, so forever after that mistake, her letters and cards bore that name. Betty was also a willing and avid reader of my husband Dick's short stories and he will surely miss her praise. We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Cooper clan, and know that you all will have many happy memories of Betty. May those memories bring many smiles and few tears.
Vicki and Dick Boucher