Cope, 90, of Danville PA passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the
Emmanuel Residential Nursing Center, with her family by her side in Danville
PA. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Emmanuel for
their love and care for Grace while she was a resident.
was born on August 11, 1927 in Shamokin PA as the daughter of the late
Harold H. and Lydia Kramer Smith.
graduated from Shamokin High School in May 1945 and received her RN Degree
in September 1948 from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia PA,
where she was enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Program, being trained to be a
nurse during World War II.
married on May 29, 1953 to World War II Army veteran Robert John Cope, who
passed away on April 19, 1969, while on active military duty.
employed as a registered nurse at Geisinger Medical Center from 1948-1958,
working alongside Dr. Leonard Bush, M.D. She later worked for several years
as a nursing supervisor for North Central Secure Treatment Unit in Danville
PA, as a substitute nurse in the Danville School system and conducted
medical exams for Prudential Insurance.
was always offering her help and beautiful smile to those she felt needed it
the most. One of her volunteer services where she touched many lives was in
assisting the elderly with preparation of their tax forms.
was also well known for her involvement in the Republican party and
officially as the first female Republican Chairman for Montour County.
passion in life was caring for others. She loved to read, use her sense of
humor, play games, knit and look for a bargain at yard sales. She enjoyed to
travel; camp with her children, take bus trips with friends and family and
explore some favorite parts of the world. Above all, her family was her
greatest joy in life. She leaves a legacy of love and kindness that will
continue to live through the lives she has touched in so many ways.
survived by two sons; Richard D. Cope and his wife Lisa of Lovettsville VA
and Edward J. Cope and his wife Sonja “Michele” of Danville PA and one
daughter; Ann E. Cope of Charlotte NC. Also surviving are thirteen
grandchildren, whom she adored. She is also survived by one sister, Betty
Hood and her husband, Palmer Hood of Bensalem, PA. Also surviving are
numerous nieces and nephews.
friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service to be held on Saturday,
October 14, 2017 at 12 noon at Odd Fellows Cemetery 1402 Bloom Road Danville
PA. The family will provide flowers. Memorial Contributions may be made to
Thomas Beaver Free Library, 205 Ferry Street, Danville, PA 17821.
Arrangements are under the
direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville