Collett I. Soper, 90, of Ord formerly of North Loup was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the Valley
Mrs. Soper’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Seventh Day Baptist Church in North Loup. Pastor Scott Hausrath will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Memorials are suggested to Seventh Day Baptist Church Camp Riverview. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Collett I. Soper, daughter of Nathan and Elva (Scouten) Monroe was born September 2, 1927, in Fouke, Arkansas, the oldest of nine children.
On November 19, 1947, she married Ira “Shorty” Soper at Fouke, Arkansas. After living in eastern Colorado for a short time they moved back to Nebraska and started their family. While living on a
farm near Wellfleet, Nebraska, five sons Leslie, Ivan, Earl, Loren and Stan were born.
In 1956, they left the farm and moved to Arthur, Nebraska and another son, Maurice was welcomed into the family. 1957, found them moving to Ogallala, Nebraska where they lived until 1970, when they moved to North Loup, Nebraska.
Collett was a devoted wife and mother giving of herself not only to her family, but also to everyone around her. She enjoyed sewing everything from her own clothes to many sets of matching shirts for her six sons. Knitting baby blankets for the great grandbabies kept her busy until failing eyesight made it to difficult. She faithfully served her church in many capacities from cooking turkey for the Lords Acre Supper, making pies for the Popcorn Days Stand, church historian to serving as church clerk and advisory board member for 32 years.
Collett is survived by five sons, Leslie (Edith) of Grand Island, Earl (Beverly) of Norfolk, Loren (Kim) of Keystone, Nebraska, Stan (Jo Anne) of Ord, and Maurice (Cindie) of Neligh; a daughter-in-law, Sue Soper of Aurora; two sisters, Meleta (Calvin) Babcock of Carthage, Texas, and Susie Nearhood of Texarkana, Arkansas; one brother, Ken (Kay) Monroe of Texarkana, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren, Bryon (Dawn) Soper, Jeana Soper, Nick (Erin) Soper, Jon (Abigail) Soper, Richard Soper, Jamie (James) Moore, Amanda (Tom) Wuehler, Anne (Chris) Tipton, Julie (Frank) Merendino, Nate (Tiffany) Soper, Darcy (Alex) Girres, and Kristin (Brett) Straight; twenty great grandchildren; nieces, nephews; and many, many friends.
Collett was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan and Elva Monroe; her husband, Ira “Shorty” Soper; a son, Ivan Soper; four brothers, Lusbert, Berwin, Glathan and Everon Monroe; and one sister, Nateline