March 18, 2020

Mrs. Erma Viola Cooper, 89, of La Grange, Mo., died March 11, 2020 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

She was born August 24, 1930 in Kirksville, MO a daughter of George Alvin and Helen Clarabel Mabis Blodgett. She married Oscar Wayne Brumbaugh on March 6, 1948 in Ottumwa, IA. To this union, four children were born, Sharon (Albert) Branham of La Grange, Kay (Alan) Dornacher of Cosby, TN, Daryl Brumbaugh of Great Falls, MT and Steve Brumbaugh of Durham, MO. She later married John Allen Cooper in Topeka, KS on December 21, 1969. Erma and John resided most of their life in Holdrege, NE until 24 years ago when they moved to

La Grange to be closer to family. He passed away on September 14, 1997.
Erma at the age of 75 decided to get her G.E.D. in order to work at Mark Twain Casino in La Grange. She worked there many years in the Guest Service Department. She was a member of the Laughlin Chapel Community Church in Kirksville, MO.

Survivors include her children, Sharon, Kay, Daryl and Steve. She was blessed with 12 grandchildren, Stacey (Lori) Branham of Keokuk, IA, Lisa Crabill of La Grange, Kristina (Peter) Washington of La Grange, Nathaniel and Issac Dornacher of Cosby, TN, Stewart Brumbaugh of Woodland Hills, CA, Barbie Brumbaugh of Great Falls, MT, Jackie Heminger of Kirksville, Terrie Nolder of Warsaw, IL, Jamie Brumbaugh of Durham, Oscar Brumbaugh of Kirksville and Harley Brumbaugh of Labanon, MO. She was double blessed with 30 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren; one brother John Blodgett of Liberty, MO and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, brother Elbert Blodgett, her daughter in law Kim Brumbaugh, sisters in law Roberta Blodgett and Patty Blodgett, niece Raella Schrouf and nephew Joseph Blodgett.

Funeral services were held March 16, 2020 at the Davis Funeral Home in La Grange with Rev. Barry Pfister officiating. Visitation was held prior to services. Music: How Can I Help You Say Goodbye, When I Get To Where I’m Going, Go Rest High On That Mountain and Amazing Grace.

Pallbearers: Harley Brumbaugh, Jamie Brumbaugh, Rickey Washington, Dalton Brumbaugh, Henry Branham and Brandon Crabill. Honorary Pallbearer: Oscar Brumbaugh, Stacey Branham , Dayne Tripp and Adam Sherfy.

Burial was in Memorial Cemetery in La Grange.
The family suggests memorials be made to Sharon Branham for a memorial to be named at a later date.