Betty Ann Cooper Sullins
Published in The Capital Gazette on Jan. 17, 2021.

Betty Ann Cooper Sullins

Betty Ann (Cooper) Sullins, 94, went home to be with the
Lord December 28, 2020. She was born July 28, 1926 in
Washington, D.C., the daughter of Earl W. and Jessie L.
(Rogers) Cooper. Betty had one sister, Ellen, who was five
years older than her, who died in 1996.

Betty graduated from
Roosevelt High School in 1944,
while also dutifully employed at the Civil Service Commission.
This was during the war in 1942 when Betty, being only 16,
attended school from 8am-12pm and then reported at 2pm
to work until 5pm in downtown Washington, DC.

Many evenings and weekends she loved to work alongside her father in the family business
of Cooper & Cooper Professional Stenographers. She worked in several positions at
agencies of the federal government, including the Navy for the Journal of Medicine and for
the FDA in the Food Division. Meanwhile, she took additional work part-time with the
Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC Intl.). She took great pride in her final
government job at GSA where in Payroll she made sure 26,000 employees got paid on
time, before retiring after 27 years at the age of 55. Betty went on to be Operations
Manager of the kitchen at Florida Bible College, then worked as a secretary at Columbia
Bible College, putting her daughters through their college education. In essence, she never
stopped working as she found many ways to organize, assist and work until her death. She
modeled to all a great work ethic with an enthusiastic attitude.

In 1946, Betty married Van Buren Sullins, who died in 1972.

She is survived by six children: James "Jim" Sullins, Donald "Paul" Sullins, David Sullins,
Patricia Larson, Steve Sullins, and Laura Rajavuori; and 12 grandchildren.

Betty had a passion for helping missionaries around the world. In 1991, she started Mission
Nannys, an organization that focuses on sending people to help with missionary children's
education and their domestic responsibilities to enable them to focus on the mission work.
Over 26 years Mission Nannys sent 300 people and it is still in operation today. She was
always very involved in her church throughout her lifetime, including running children's church
programs and the church library that included sending 720 boxes of books overseas to help
schools. She penned and published her own book, Mission Nannys (Christian Faith
Publishing: June 2020. Available on Amazon.). She participated as a missionary herself by
serving as a Team Leader for Teen Missions International on four different summer teams.
Betty lived out JOY (Jesus, Others,Yourself) in that order.

She loved to help others and organize projects, often with a pun and a laugh. Her children
all knew her as a loving, dedicated and sacrificial mom. She loved spending time with
family, especially making time to spend with her grandchildren. Betty has left an indelible
imprint with all fortunate enough to have crossed her path. She will be greatly missed.

Interment will be by private ceremony at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

A memorial service is planned at Riva Trace Baptist Church in Davidsonville, MD on April
13, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

For more information please contact Laura Rajavuori at