Sandra Sears Cooper

January 24, 1938November 20, 2021

Sandra Sears Cooper, 83, passed away peacefully at Life’s Journey Hospice Center in Avon, Indiana, on November 20 following a brief battle with cancer.

She was born in Indianapolis on January 24, 1938 to the late Donald P. and Lorene L. Sears.

Sandra – or Nanny or Nan as she was known to many family members – was a proud 1956 graduate of Washington High School in Indianapolis and a lifelong westside resident. She spent most of her professional life working in telecommunications with Allison Gas Turbine, Allison Transmission, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS), retiring in 1999.

Sandra enjoyed many hobbies, including reading, crocheting and writing, and was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Christian Women’s Group at Bridgeport United Methodist Church. She looked forward to the monthly bunco get-togethers with friends and neighbors, as well as the annual family Tripoley Tournament, of which she was a two-time winner. Never one to pass up a chance to travel, she enjoyed trips to the many casinos throughout Indiana, as well as Las Vegas and Tunica, with family and friends.

Sandra was preceded in death by the love of her life, John B. Cooper, Jr., who passed away in 2017. They had been married for 57 years.

She is survived by her son, Scott Cooper (Liz); daughter, Leslie Szabo (Mike); grandchildren Brittany and Dustin Dishman, Michael and Bradley Szabo (Carolyn); great-grandchildren Hailey, Brooklyn, and Landon Szabo; Lucas and Grayson Dishman; Connor and Dean Szabo; and Aiden Dishman. Also, sister Andrea Pappas, and brothers Larry Sears, Steve Sears, Mike Fair and Paul Fair.

A Celebration of Remembrance for Sandra will be held Saturday, December 11, at Family Funeral Care, 5791 Rockville Road, Indianapolis from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home ( Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


11 December

Celebration of Life

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Family Funeral Care

5791 Rockville Road
Indianapolis, Indiana


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Brittany Dishman

November 27, 2021


I'm still not wanting to believe you're gone, I want one more day with you and papaw. You 2 were the most important people in my life and I feel incomplete with you gone, thank you for being with me almost 37 years and giving me the love you did nothing can take that away. I love you with all my heart and will always. Give papaw kisses and love for me enjoy your heavenly life and being reunited with your love I miss and love you so very much ♥️♥️

Breana Blue

November 24, 2021

I usually don't do these things but theres a moment that really stands out to me. We were all at the family tripoli tournament, and she gave me a gold purse. The purse was empty but she told me "it stands out like you." Looking back now I wish I used the purse more, but I do still have it to this day. I believe this was 4 years ago. I also remember how we would always fight over the food that was there and who got the last of it, obviously she would give it to me but now im wishing I would have shared it with her. I remember a lot of great times but these are just a couple that stand out and are very vivid to me. We would always share great laughs with her and the family, even tho now she wont be here she will be laughing from above. May she rest in peace.

Tom Mulrine

November 24, 2021

Thank you Sandy and all of the family, David included. I had the wonderful opportunity to know all of you and am blessed by you and the family.

Tommy Mulrine

Larry Sears

November 23, 2021

We couldn’t have asked for a better big sister. RIP Sis, till we meet again.

Dustin Dishman

November 22, 2021

I will never forget the memories we made and the time spent together. The boys and I will always remember and love you.