Barbara Jean Cope
1931 - 2021
BORN
1931
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
2959 West 11th Avenue
Gary, IN
Our beloved mother, Barbara Jean Cope, made her heavenly transition on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. The youngest of five girls, Barbara was born August 17, 1931 to William and Helen Moore in Culver, Indiana. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a long-time member of the St. Augustine Episcopal Church. She last attended St. Barnabas in Gary. Barbara graduated from high school in Terre Haute, Indiana. Her excellent debating and oratorical skills earned her a scholarship to Indiana State University, where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She also attended Roosevelt University and received a Master's in Education. Barbara taught in the Gary, Indiana and Bangor, Michigan school systems. Upon her return to Gary, she accepted the position as Director of Special Services at Indiana University Northwest (IUN), where she guided and oversaw services for students with special needs. While there, she participated in and held offices in national student service organizations, and served on the Indiana State Prison Board. Barbara served in various positions at IUN, retiring as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Upon her retirement, Barbara was appointed Executive Director of the Gary Educational Development Foundation. She was most proud of the work the organization did to help deserving students attend college. Barbara was an inductee of the Steel City Hall of Fame and the recipient of many awards, including the Distinguished Educator Award from Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, the IUN Chancellor's Medallion and the Sagamore of the Wabash, given by the Governor for distinguished service to the State of Indiana. Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Garrett Livingston Cope. Over their 50 plus years of marriage, along with their two sons, they shared a love for education, the arts and dramatic performance. Also preceding her in death were her mother, father and three sisters. Surviving Barbara are her two sons, Garrett D. Cope and Michael L. (Patricia) Cope of Gary, and one sister, Mary Madison of Terre Haute, Indiana, in addition to many nieces and nephews, cousins, a host of friends and relatives and devoted friend, Anne Thompson. View and go visitation on Wednesday, February 10, noon until 8:00 p.m. Private funeral service on Thursday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m. Due to COVID and need for social distancing, only invited persons will be allowed in the chapel. Thursday service will be live streamed on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made in Barbara's memory to the Gary Educational Development Foundation, P.O. 641257 Gary, Indiana 46401.


Published by Post-Tribune on Feb. 8, 2021.
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Special prayers for the Cope family! I remember Mr. Garrett taught drama @ Carver Elementary School! in 1952 he made me a blue taffeta dress & chose me to be a ballerina in a school play ! I felt real special & will always remember his kindness to me!
Ms. Norma Therrington Haney
Student
May 23, 2021
I give thanks to God for blessing us with Barbara, who with her husband, Garrett, both sought to bring out the best in every student and in everyone with whom they collaborated. Their contributions to young and old alike are much appreciated. They were truly a joy to be with and work with and an inspiration to us all. Their legacy lives in our efforts to bring out the best in each other, and in our working together to make our world better. May God grant them eternal rest, and peace to their family and many friends. Father Pat Gaza
Father Pat Gaza
Friend
February 14, 2021
Sincere condolences to Barbara's family during your grief. I have loving memories of a wonderful person who will always be loved and missed. Barbara was an initiator, mentor, and role model for many whom she encountered. Talking with her after Mass at St Augustine's Church was always delightful. RIH Barbara.
MS Evelyn H Reaves
Friend
February 13, 2021
Mrs. Cope was my speech teacher at Pulaski Jr. High. She was always kind and caring, giving words of praise and confidence when needed. She also, would put on some really entertaining student plays!
Stephanie (Newsome) Rockette-Martin
Student
February 11, 2021
To the family, my condolences. Mrs. Cope, to me was a beautiful person. Mr. Cope taught me at Carver School. Two very talented people. To teach, expected us to learn. She had patience with you as a student, respected you as an adult seeking knowledge. She will be missed. GOD bless you family.
Zenobia Hodges
Student
February 10, 2021
Condolences to the entire family. A gentle giant, leaving precious memories, will be missed by many.
"An empty chair at our Lunch Bunch gatherings "
Rosie G. Washington
Rosie Washington
Friend
February 9, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marie Allen & Family
Friend
February 9, 2021
Hilda Richards
February 9, 2021
Mrs. Cope was a sweet person who was totally committed to excellence in education. I admired her. My condolence goes out to her family and other friends. May she rest in peace and in God's care.
Dr. Vernon G. Smith
Friend
February 9, 2021
Patricia Hicks-Hosch
February 9, 2021
May her loving memories comfort you....I’ll always remember her beautiful smile.
Judy Hall
February 9, 2021
My sincere prayers and condolences to Garrett and family in the passing of his Mather,may she R.I.P.
Ted Brown
Friend
February 9, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
scott
Family
February 8, 2021
Garrett Jr & Michael L - Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved mother Barbara. She was truly a great asset to the growth and development for America World Peace. It was truly a honor to be able to encounter her in this lifetime. Please remember your love for her will live on in your hearts forever. Please continued to live your life as a great champion of the people just like Barbara. Living this way you will be able to savor absolute happiness and surpass joy! We will continue to offer sincere daimoku - Nam-myoho-renge-kyo everyday for her eternal happiness!


Sincerely,
Al Bailey & Family
Al Bailey
Friend
February 8, 2021
Your mother was a mentor to many, including me to whom she gave invaluable advice based on her years of experience as an educator and administrator. She exhibited both a gentle and quiet demeanor as well as fierce determination, especially regarding projects that she held dear. I can honestly say that she made this world a better place.
Madeline Rae Gill
February 8, 2021
She was an amazing person. Both my daughters won scholarships from her. She will be truly missed. She touched many lives. She also had a beautiful smile.
April Jordan
Acquaintance
February 8, 2021
RIP Barbara and may your family know that your many kindnesses made a difference, that your genuine friendship was valued and that the world is not quite as rich without you. Condolences to family and friends who will miss her so much. May memories bring a smile to your face.
Linda Anderson
Friend
February 8, 2021
Chatting with Mr and Mrs. Cope,after Sunday Mass,at St.Augustine was a delight. They were very " down to earth" folk.
I will keep The Cope Family in my prayers during this very difficult time in their lives
Lindsay E Paulk
Acquaintance
February 8, 2021
My condolences to family on passing of a gentle lady truly loved by many. Continued strength. t barnes
Thomas V Barnes
Friend
February 8, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Will Hargrove
Coworker
February 8, 2021
Fond memories of a wonderful lady. May her family be comforted and may she Rest In Peace.
Patricia Fointno
Friend
February 8, 2021
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