In Memory of Miss America 1937 Bette Cooper

Atlantic City, NJ –  The Miss America Organization honors the memory of Miss America 1937 Elizabeth Moore, previously known as Bette Cooper, who passed away at the age of 97. Elizabeth hailed from Hackettstown, New Jersey, and entered the Miss America Competition as Miss Bertrand Island at the age of 17.

She attended Centenary Academy and Centenary College in Hackettstown. After graduation, she lived in Kentucky for several years working as a buyer for a food company. She married William F. Moore in 1951, and the couple moved to Greenwich, where they raised two children.

Elizabeth had a beautiful singing voice and studied music in New York City, and sang for several years in the choir at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue. She was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich and sang in the choir there for 25 years.

Learn more about Elizabeth’s life and journey at Miss America, courtesy of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, that shared her story in their museum newsletter.

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, oversees a national network of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $17 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.