India C. Cooper, 67, of Madison, Indiana, daughter of the late G. Ray and Jean (Rogers) Cooper, passed away at home on May 17, 2020. She was born July 24, 1952, in Jackson, Mississippi and grew up in the Denver area. After earning a BA in English Literature and an MA in Theatre from the University of Colorado, Boulder, she pursued doctoral studies in Theatre History and Criticism at Northwestern University. As a writer, actor, and director, she worked for many years with companies including The Commons Theatre in Chicago and Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, among others. She was also a freelance copy editor and an avid trivia fan and competitor. She appeared several times on Jeopardy!, first as a five-time champion and then in several invitational tournaments including the Million Dollar Masters and the Battle of the Decades.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred Burrell, and she will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Surviving family members include her sister Nancy of Eugene, Oregon; her brother Walt, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her niece Lindsay, of Milliken, Colorado; and her two stepsons, Michael Burrell of New York, New York and Barney Lindsley of Portland, Oregon. India's cremated remains will be placed alongside Fred's in the columbarium at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City where they were married, and arrangements for memorial services in Madison and New York City will be made at a later time.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America, 1 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016. Contributions and condolences may also be made at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes or below.
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