Royetta "Roysie" Koop, 83, went home to be with Jesus on June 16, 2016, after enduring Alzheimer's for eleven years. In her life she quietly showed her devotion to her husband and children through her servant's heart and her prayerful spirit.
"Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground. Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around." This rhyme was often recited as she turned the jump rope for around three-thousand children who went to Readyland Preschool in Bakersfield, California. Mrs. Koop was known as both a kind teacher and director of the school for 35 years. The parents from Readyland would often tell family members about when Mrs. Koop prayed with them. Adults, who had been students in her classroom, have stories of how she would make them feel special. She was loved by many because of her caring heart.
Roysie's eyes sparkled when she met Walter Koop. In 1950 they were married and had their reception in the backyard of the home of her parents, Henry and Florence Kroeker of Exeter, California. Walter and Roysie had been married for 65 years. In Bakersfield her life was busy with a home full of children, being a wife, teaching, and enjoying her church family. They were blessed with four children: Jerry (Connie) Koop (proceeded in death by Kathi Koop), Ken (fiancee Deb Baker) Koop, Karen (Gary) Kirkendall, and Coleen (Jeff) Richert. The blessings did not stop there. Their grandchildren are: Kariss McAvoy, Jeremy Koop (and great-granddaughter Ellie), Brittany Scott (and great-grandchildren Devin and Chloe), Rachel Knight, Sarah Knight, Isaac Richert, Regan Richert, Zoe Richert, and Dani Richert. Her sister is Gwen Collins. "Teddy bear, teddy bear, run upstairs. Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers." Roysie had much to be thankful for. Sweet prayers went up on behalf of all those she loved.
Even though in later years she dealt with memory loss, she would still recite her Bible verses, sing old hymns, and say she needed to pray for the children. "Teddy bear, teddy bear, blow out the light. Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight." Even though she left her earthly body, now she has a new heavenly body. Roysie may have said goodnight to those who love her, but she is walking with her Jesus now.
Roysie Koop's Celebration of Life will be held at Heritage Bible Church (2323 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield, California) on Friday, June 24th at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Readyland Preschool.
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