Edna Bell (Spencer) Cope, 105, passed away Aug. 14, 2019, at the Canterbury Inn in Longview, Wash.
Having been born up on the Cowlitz Prairie, she attended the first eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse at Upper Cowlitz. She graduated valedictorian of her class at Toledo High School in 1932. On Dec. 27, 1934, she married William Coy Cope in Chehalis, Wash. He passed away Aug. 7, 1997.
In the early 1940s, she and Coy moved to Kelso, Wash. Edna was a devoted wife, homemaker, gardener, painter, Sunday school teacher and later in life, owned her own beauty salon that is still in operation to this day. She was also the oldest living member of the Kelso Presbyterian Church (some 66 plus years) of which she was very proud of.
She and Coy loved to travel and went to Spain, North Africa, Philippines, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States.
She was preceded in death by all six of her siblings; parents, Tracy and Anna (Hefley) Spencer; and son, James Roy Cope.
She is survived by a son, Gene C.; and daughter-in-law, Harriet F. Cope of Cannon Beach, Ore.
Edna leaves behind four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to the staff at Canterbury and all who helped to make Edna's later years so wonderful!
Service to be held at Dahl McVicker Funeral Home Aug. 21, 2019, at 11 a.m., 301 Cowlitz Way, Kelso, WA. Interment at Murray Hill Cemetery. Visitation is at Dahl McVicker Funeral Home, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.