Doris Sanderson Kantor Cooperman
  • Date of birth: Apr 20, 1929
  • Place of birth:
    Bono, Arkansas, United States
May the memory of our beautiful mother Doris be a blessing!

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved mother Doris Cooperman. If you want to read more about her life, our thoughts, see photos or more, please click on any of the above tabs.

Doris Elaine Sanderson Kantor Cooperman was born on April 20, 1929 to Emma (Wilkes) and James Sanderson in Bono, Arkansas. She lived most of her young life in Florence, Alabama, the 7th child of 9 living children. She moved to Indianapolis in 1957 where she resided until her death on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at age 86.  She was surrounded by her daughters.

Doris is the mother of 6 daughters, Nancy, Sherry, Candace (Candy), Sonja, Adrienne and Leslie. She has 9 grandchildren, Tyler, Max, Elyssia (E), (Joshua) Eli, Abigail (Abbie), Kaitlyn, Emma, Simon and Jackson and 3 bonus grandchildren, Kelly, Michael and Ellen. Her lineage continues with 12 great-grandchildren, Samantha, Josephine, Malynn, Tyson, Caitlyn, Sophia, Frances, Iris, Thomas, Conner, Evan and Nico and 5 bonus great-grandchildren Alec, Keaton, Kendall and Kyle and Andrew.  

Because Doris did not have any boys, her sons-in-law were truly sons to her: Steve Bonhomme (Nancy), Henry Efroymson (Sonja), Phillip Frank (Adrienne) and Kris Bilyeu (Leslie).  

Doris had a beautiful and fun-loving relationship with her only surviving brother, Larry Roberson and his wife, Rita, who was a sister to her. Doris's nephew Jim Jackson was more like a brother to her and she had a very close relationship with him and his wife, Debbie. Doris was a beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews and their children.

Though mom's memory was declining, she still held her long-time friends close and while living at Morningside, she was well-loved. The family would like to thank all of the staff who helped mom feel well cared for, especially her guys in the dining room, Reggie, Johnny and Jason, who let her hug and kiss them, even if she had forgotten she had already done it. Special thanks to her assisted living aides, Rhonda, Kelly, her housekeeper Karen and all of the others who cared for her at Morningside.  Mom attended Friday night Shabbat Services at Morningside almost every week and for that we thank Rosalie Gussow for leading those services and making her long-time friend feel special and loved.  

Mom was lucky to have the care and companionship of Anita and then Madeline and Toya from Home Instead during her hospice care. Thanks, too, to her nurse, Monica, from Heartland Hospice for making mom comfortable. The love and compassion of these strong, caring women helped us tremendously.

Doris was a member of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation for 57 years where she volunteered, sang in the congregational choir, was a member of the Sisterhood and became a Bat Mitzvah at age 49.  

Doris's family will have a private memorial service. Friends are invited to call Sunday and Monday from 6-9pm at the home of Adrienne and Phil Frank at 12514 Pembrooke Circle in Carmel. A minyan will take place at 6:30 each night. Her family will be honoring her wishes to have a celebration of her life, which will occur at a later time.  

Should you want to honor Doris's memory, you may do so by donating to the charity of your choice or any of these that she and the family selected:

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 6501 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46260 or online at
Morningside Friday Shabbat Services,  please make check payable to Rosalie Gussow and mail to 6740 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, 46260
The Anatomical Education Program at IU School of Medicine, Medical Science Building, Room 5035, 635 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, 46202.
Humane Society of Indianapolis, 7929 N.Michigan Rd, Indianapolis,  46268

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Don Gray on 19th April 2016

"My thoughts to you and your family Sherry. A lovely tribute to your mom."

This tribute was added by julie babeu on 18th April 2016

"Adrienne, Sonja, and Leslie,  I am so sad to hear this news.  What a wonderful mom you had.  I love my memories of her!"

This tribute was added by Winnie Goldblatt on 17th April 2016

"Marvin and I are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a lovely woman . Sending you our love at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Debbie Leyndyke on 17th April 2016

"So sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories provide comfort."

This tribute was added by Lynn Thomas on 16th April 2016

"Adi, Sonja, and Family,
What a lovely tribute to your Mom. I enjoyed visiting with her when Adi and I were at IU, and when we lived in Indy for 4 years. She always cooked something delicious and welcomed me. She was such a kind, loving lady. She will be greatly missed. Thinking of you all and sending love, hugs, and prayers.
Love, Lynn, Isiah, Joshua, and Lauren"

This tribute was added by Anita Dansker on 16th April 2016

"To Doris' family:
What a lovely tribute to your mother.  May her memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved her."

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Weihe-Kenney on 16th April 2016

"Loved having Doris' cheerful presence in art class. Also enjoyed getting to know you and Nancy and some of your sisters as you visited her. We we will miss her kind,  independent, gentle, positive spirit."

This tribute was added by susan Stein on 15th April 2016

"To Doris's wonderful family:
We remember your mom with great affection. We had a warm connection, ever since we were neighbors on 64th Street. (Where a few of you were excellent babysitters!) She was one special lady. Strong and kind-hearted and friendly. She had such a generous spirit. We know her memory will be a blessing to you and to all who knew her. All our best to you. Susan and Rabbi Stein"

This tribute was added by Beth Dallman on 15th April 2016

"What a wonderful tribute to your mother.  I can see she had a full life and was much loved.  My heart goes out to you with my deepest sympathy."

This tribute was added by Shari Enerfeld Peterson on 15th April 2016

"Adi, Sonja, and family~ so sorry to hear about your mom. Thinking of you ~"

This tribute was added by Susan Mitchell on 15th April 2016

"Sonja and Family, so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear Mother. Thinking of you at this time."

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This memorial is administered by:

Adrienne Frank
Candy Carlson
Leslie Bilyeu
Sherry England
Sonja Kantor
Nancy Bonhomme


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