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In Memory of

Lela Faye Cope

September 9, 1921 - October 15, 2016

Obituary


Lela Faye Cope



1921-2016



Lela Faye Cope was born Sept. 9, 1921, in Waurika, Oklahoma to Samuel Albert Hughes and Georgia Mae Dobbs Hughes. At the age of three, her family moved to Minco, Oklahoma where her father was a cotton farmer. Her family was large and to this day, she has many family members throughout Oklahoma. She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Minco, graduating from Minco High School in 1939.



She met John Henry Cope, the love or her life, in Tuttle, Oklahoma. John was learning to be...

Lela Faye Cope



1921-2016



Lela Faye Cope was born Sept. 9, 1921, in Waurika, Oklahoma to Samuel Albert Hughes and Georgia Mae Dobbs Hughes. At the age of three, her family moved to Minco, Oklahoma where her father was a cotton farmer. Her family was large and to this day, she has many family members throughout Oklahoma. She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Minco, graduating from Minco High School in 1939.



She met John Henry Cope, the love or her life, in Tuttle, Oklahoma. John was learning to be a pilot and would fly over her home dropping messages tied to a rock. That is how he proposed. They were married on March 27, 1941, and enjoyed 65 years together before John passed away in 2006.



Lela Faye and John had three children, Sandra, Brian and Sharyn; five grandchildren, Dale, Troy, John, Gary and Susan; and six great-grandchildren, Emily, Samantha, Cole, Lauren, Ava and Olivia.



The Copes loved to travel, both before John retired from Braniff airlines and after – cruises to the Greek Islands, the Caribbean and Alaska, and trips to Hong Kong, Mexico, South America and Europe. When John retired in 1977, they built a home near the beach in Rincon de Guayabitos, Mexico where they lived for 17 years before Lela Faye’s aneurysm caused them to move back to the U.S. When Lela recovered, they continued to travel around the United States and Canada by motorhome. At ages 87 and 82, they headed for Alaska in a 40-foot recreational vehicle where they spent two months touring the countryside. Soon after this, they lost their daughter Sharyn.



Lela Faye’s favorite food was a good steak. The Sound of Music was her favorite movie, and she loved big band music. She loved the color red and was an avid reader her entire life. She believed in living life to the fullest, making every day count. She remarked on this often, particularly after surviving brain surgery following her aneurysms in the early 1990’s. Her friends were friends for life. She was tolerant, patient and loving. She is irreplaceable and will be missed by her family and all who knew her.