Funeral services for Jennifer Cooper, age 40, formerly of Creighton, Nebraska will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Creighton. Reverend Milana Joseph will officiate.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Jennifer passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Jennifer Renea (Standley) Cooper was born in Portland, Oregon on February 1, 1977, to Roger and Kristi (Lyons) Standley.
Jennifer grew up in West Linn, Oregon and loved camping, fishing, horseback riding, and spending time on the ranch in Central Oregon. Jennifer, her husband and daughter moved to Creighton, Nebraska in 1998. Her son Dylan was born in Norfolk in 2000. She divorced and continued to live in Creighton until August, 2016. She and her fiancé, Zong moved to Lincoln so that he could attend veterinary school at the University of Nebraska.
Jennifer owned and operated Wag N’ Tail Pet Parlor in Creighton and also worked at Grand Central Café where she was known for her homemade pies. She was an active member of the Irish Setter Club of America and actively participated in AKC sanctioned dog shows. She raised and bred many Irish Setter champions who she called her “red heads.” This was a passion both Zong and Jennifer shared.
Jennifer lost a long and courageous battle with a rare cancer (Osteoblastic Chondrosarcoma). She was a champion advocate for herself as well as others in the Sarcoma Alliance, giving encouragement and advice to others fighting the good fight. She was also inspirational to new laryngectomies who found comfort in her excellent ability to speak so well with an electro larynx.
She was preceded in death by her mother in 1993, and her father in 2007.
Jennifer is survived by her children, Brooke and Dylan Cooper and fiance’ Zong Peng. She felt that being a mother was her most important task in life and they were her shining stars. Zong, Brooke, and Dylan cared for her devotedly throughout her ordeal so that she was able to not only stay in her home until her death, but also to actively live each day to its fullest. Jennifer was a true embodiment of her favorite quote: “Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.”
At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jennifer Cooper Memorial Fund at any Midwest Bank branch.