Cope, Rowena Joan
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77, of Mesa, AZ passed away on September 13, 2013. Joan was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1935 and graduated from Douglas High School in Douglas, Arizona. She attended Arizona State University in Tempe and then returned to Douglas to marry her high school sweetheart Donald Ray Cope. She and Don raised their four children in Douglas where she found much fulfillment in being very involved with all of her children's activities. She was also an active member of First Baptist Church, where she dutifully served as the church Treasurer for many years. She and Donald moved from Douglas to Phoenix in 1982 with their employer, Phelps Dodge Corporation. Although she always considered Douglas her hometown, she loved the Valley of the Sun and took great pleasure in exploring the community, culture, and activities. She enjoyed traveling, watching sporting events, and live theater, but her favorite pastime was spending time with her children and grandchildren. Joan's life was a reflection of her love for the Lord and her walk with Him. Her deeply rooted faith in everything she did was a living example of God's love. She had a generous spirit and kind heart, that was made evident not only in her interactions with those with whom she worked, neighbors, friends, and family, but by her choice of involvements in church, missions and charitable organizations. She is survived by her children Lorie Oros and her husband Art; Andy Cope and his wife Mary; Chip Cope and his wife Bonnie; and Madelyn Becker and her husband Ron. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Don Cope. They had been married 35 years at the time of his death. Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 20 at 2:00 PM at Mesa Baptist Church, 2425 South Alma School Road in Mesa. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to
or Family Life Radio.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 18, 2013