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Constance Elizabeth Jordan Coppage Obituary
Constance Elizabeth Jordan Coppage
Norfolk - Constance Elizabeth Jordan Coppage was born April 17, 1907 to the late James and Hattie Jordan and departed this life on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at her residence; she had recently celebrated her 106th birthday and enjoyed a full day of visiting friends and relatives. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Dr. Samuel F. Coppage, Sr., and her sister, Dr. Mildred N. Jordan. Constance began her education in a one room school in Lambert's Point and was a member of the entering class of Smallwood School. She attended boarding school at Virginia Normal in Petersburg where she would later earn a baccalaureate from Virginia State College (now Virginia State University). Later, she earned a master's degree from New York University. She was an emerita member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. She was a primary school and then art teacher in both Milford, Delaware and Norfolk, Virginia. She taught at Smallwood School, her alma mater, but spent most of her career at Jacox Junior High School. Several local artists began their training with her. She was a quiet support to her husband, a local civil rights activist, and a longtime member of the NAACP and the Broadcreek Civic League.She was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Norfolk. She was a member of St. Cecelia's Guild and the Joy Seekers club. She was a spiritual mentor to her sister who later joined the Church at her urging. She was a star of the Ladies' Night Out annual show. She gave generously of her time and attention to individual members of Grace. As her health declined, she was always grateful of the attentions, treats, visits, gifts and calls from her many friends; even to her last day. By church custom there are few flowers at a memorial service. In this case, there is little need; there was an abundance of flowers and acts of kindness during the time that she could enjoy them. A few years ago, she went out for a birthday celebration and a total stranger upon learning of the occasion treated her table to lunch. The family wishes to thank that kind man. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the church or a worth charity. She leaves to cherish her memory, a devoted son, Samuel F. Coppage, Jr. of Norfolk; nieces and nephews Albert Burrell of Richmond, Anne & Leon Bunch, Cheryl Bunch of Norfolk, Dorinda Huggins of Columbia, South Carolina, Ardette Johnson of Richmond; Arvon Jordan of Arlington, Texas; and a host of relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held on June 1, 2013 at noon in Grace Episcopal Church, 1400 East Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia. Riddick Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. Words of Comfort can be expressed at www.riddickfuneralservices.com

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 30, 2013
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