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Katharine Lunn Cooper

July 6, 1922 — January 21, 2021

Katharine Lunn Cooper, 98, was born on July 6, 1922 in Rosedale, Kansas. She was the eighth of 13 children. Both parents, each of her siblings, her spouse of 55 years, Emanuel Cooper Sr., her oldest daughter Katharine C. Jolly, her youngest son Keith Cooper and her great granddaughter Skylar Solomon have all preceded her in death.

Katharine attended college in Pittsburg, KS where she was a member of the Delta Sorority. She then transferred to Kansas State College in Manhattan, KS where she also majored in Home Economics and minored in Nursery School Education.

Katharine was licensed as the first black to open and operate her own Nursery School in Kansas City, Mo. She eventually closed the Nursery School to raise her own family. Katharine was an educator in the Public School System, teaching at Sumner High School in Kansas City, Ks and at Greenwood Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo. She laid the foundation for each of her students to pursue higher levels of education. She instilled into each of her children and all of her students the importance of putting God first, and knowing and valuing their worth. Counseling many, Katharine retired from the Kansas City Public Library, 23rd and Benton location.

Growing up Katharine attended Pleasant Valley Baptist in Rosedale KS. For over 60 years, she is currently a member of Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. where she served faithfully as a Sunday School and New Member Orientation teacher for the youth. She felt it was vital that each of her students who recently accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour needed to have a solid foundation and understanding of who Jesus is and His purpose for their lives.

Katharine leaves to mourn two sons, Emanuel Cooper, Jr and Charles (Rosellen) Cooper, one daughter, Donna (Anthony) Tyler all of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren, Katharine (Gibran) Glanville of Fort Eustis, VA, Donna Jolly of Aurora, IL, Jacquelyne (Brian) Pryor of Brandywine, MD, Emanuel (Valerie) Cooper III of Temple Hills, MD, Mary (Bryan) Gregory of Topeka, KS, Charles Cooper Jr of Aurora, CO, Carly Cooper of Kansas City, MO, Keith (Jade) Cooper II of Overland Park, KS, Myra (Reginald) Franklin of Kansas City, MO, Nina (Timothy) Harris of Kansas City, MO and Anthony Tyler Jr. of Kansas City, MO, great grandchildren, Imke Glanville of Fort Eustis, VA, Brilyne, Phoenix, Israel and Haven Pryor of Brandywine, MD, John, Michael and Andrew Gregory of Topeka, KS, Kennedi and Khloe’ Dewberry of Kansas City, MO, Tyler and Timothy Harris Jr of Kansas City, MO, Siniaya and Caiden Trent-Tyler of Kansas City, Mo, along with many generations of nieces and nephews, adopted grandchildren Tanisha Trent and Steven Evans, adopted children Isaac Ruffin, Clinton Washington, Sandra Lee, Diane Bratton and dear friend Vivian Robinson.

Katharine’s body has been entrusted to Park Lawn Funeral Home where condolences can be made on their website. Home Going Celebration will be Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Morning Star Baptist Church 2411 East 27th Street Kansas City, MO 64127. Visitation will be from 12 o’clock noon to 2:00pm and Service will begin at 2:00pm. Services will be LiveStream on Morning Star KC website. https://youtube.com/channel/UCKYKRqc7nU9KO3A54kz68pQ. Services will be LiveStream on Morning Star KC website:  https://youtube.com/channel/UCKYKRqc7nU9KO3A54kz68pQ.  For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Morning-Star-Missionary-Baptist-Church-Of-Jesus-Christ-143659402362367/

Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Service Information:

Katharine’s body has been entrusted to Park Lawn Funeral Home where condolences can be made on their website. Home Going Celebration will be Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Morning Star Baptist Church 2411 East 27th Street Kansas City, MO 64127. Visitation will be from 12 o’clock noon to 2:00pm and Service will begin at 2:00pm.  Services will be LiveStream on Morning Star KC website:  https://youtube.com/channel/UCKYKRqc7nU9KO3A54kz68pQ.  For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Morning-Star-Missionary-Baptist-Church-Of-Jesus-Christ-143659402362367/

Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

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