Katherine “Katie” Breann Cooper
Katie Cooper’s “Safety Sis” award, hand-decorated in green glitter paint, was a prized possession. She received the honor from Tri-Delta, her sorority, for helping to make sure that people got home safely around UCSB.
“Katie was such a strong individual, and had the most optimistic outlook on life,” said her sorority sisters. “She was known around the house as the ‘mama bear,’ exemplifying true selflessness and generosity toward everyone she came in contact with. In any situation, she was the first to offer any- and everything she could, most frequently while wearing anything patriotic with tons of glitter.”
Katie, the daughter of Dan and Kelli Cooper, lived in Chino Hills, California, where she graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in 2010 with a 3.8 grade-point average. At UCSB, she was an Art History and Classics double major, ready to graduate in one month. She dreamed of becoming a museum curator. Athletic and energetic, she taught ballroom dance.
People who knew Katie said she was bubbly, sweet and compassionate — the kind of person who asked shy boys to dance, baked cookies during finals week for her friends, and invited a crowd to her house on Friday nights during high school for pizza and movies.
She loved penguins, hummingbirds, plumeria flowers, trees, high heels and reading.
She frequently said, “Live life to the fullest, no regrets,” and had a tattoo in Latin that said, “Love conquers all.”