Karen Lucille Gunlock Cooper


Karen Lucille Gunlock Cooper, 78, Joplin, MO, entered into rest on June 27, 2019 at Webb City Health and Rehab, following an extended illness.
Karen was born August 3, 1940, in the community of Redings Mill, MO. She was a lifelong area resident. She graduated from Seneca High School and earned her Master's Degree in Education from Pittsburg State University.
She taught in the Seneca and McDonald County school systems and, while teaching at Seneca, was instrumental in developing the sports programs for female students. She enjoyed coaching school sports, volleyball, track, softball, and jet skiing and boating. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Neosho.
Karen and Ray E. Cooper were married on March 24, 1961, at Fairview Baptist Church in Joplin. He survives.
Additional survivors include a son, Jason Cooper and wife, Maureen; a granddaughter, Sidney Cooper; three siblings, Gary Gunlock, Donna Smith and Peggy Brock. She is preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Virginia Peavler and Barbara Sargent.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, July 3, at 10 a.m. at the Osborne Cemetery, in Joplin, Pastor Buddy Funk will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, MO. The casket will be closed at all times.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
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Brenda Hines
Jul 04, 2019
Karen and I met when we were in the fourth grade; she attended school, I was at Greenwood. Our paths often crossed-- in college, many other times/places. She was a good friend; she will be missed.
Jim Brock
Jul 01, 2019
Rest In Peace Aunt Karen!