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Obituary for Connie Jean Argabright (Cooper)

Connie Jean (Cooper) Argabright passed away September 3, 2022, in Derby, KS, at the age of 87. She was born July 17, 1935, at Rawlins Co Hospital, to Reno and Minnie (White) Cooper. She grew up on a farm south of Atwood and attended a country school until the 8th grade. She then continued school in the Atwood School district prior to attending Marymount College, Salina KS in pursuit of a nursing degree.

Connie was engaged to Dal Argabright during her nursing degree studies. On June 5, 1957 Connie and Dal were united in marriage at the First Christian Church in Atwood, KS. Connie and Dal lived on a farm 1 mile west of Blakeman until they moved to a farm 3 miles southwest of Atwood on the south fork of Beaver Creek. To this union was born four children: Jody Rae, David Earl, Judy Lynne, and Michael Dal. Connie enjoyed living and working on the farm. She always enjoyed being outdoors planting trees and flowers and raising a garden. With a love for animals, she raised sheep, chickens, Schnauzers and Schipperkes dogs.

Her passion was her husband and children. Connie cared for Dal for the rest of his life following an airplane accident in June of 1979. Dal would say to his children, referring to Connie, “She is an angel on Earth.” Connie worked at the Rawlins County Hospital and was then employed as a school nurse with the Atwood School district before retiring. During her career as a school nurse Connie continued her education, receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also enjoyed teaching birthing classes to expectant parents in the local community. Connie attended many births at the Atwood hospital as well as the births of some of her grandchildren. She enjoyed quilting and sewing. Her favorite time of year was Christmas and she enjoyed having her house full of children and grandchildren.

Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Dal, parents, Minnie and Reno Cooper, brother Jerry Cooper, and brother in-law Nicholas Patrick Schroeder. She is survived by her children, Jody, David (Rhonda), Judy (Eric), Michael (Carla); grandchildren, Jessica, Aaron (Emily), Austin (JoEllyn), Jason (Natalie), Keaton (Bailey), Jordan, Gabriel, Mary Rachael (Keaton), Bradley, Mitchell, and Jacob; great grandchildren, Jax, Hartley, Dalen, Shay, Theodore, Cooper, Colton, and twins Thomas and James; sister Judy Schroeder: brother Mike Cooper (Connie); many nieces and nephews and their families.

A memorial service will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 26, 2022, at the First Christian Church, Atwood. Memorials may be made to the Connie Argabright Memorial Nursing Scholarship and can be sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For information or condolences visit