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Virginia L. Cope

Mrs. Virginia L. Cope, 82, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family, on Wednesday, January 9, 2008.

She was born April 5, 1925, to Arthur and Pearl Renner Dailey in Mount Vernon, Kentucky. She was united in marriage to James F. Cope on July 8, 1943, a union which was blessed with four daughters and two sons. Mrs. Cope was a homemaker and a member of the Fountain City United Methodist Church, where she was formerly involved with the United Methodist Women and taught Sunday school. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an avid reader and was known for her flowering gardens and home cooking.

Mrs. Cope will be missed by her four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Aldan Newman and Sandy Reynolds-Turner and Dean Turner, all of Fountain City; Kristi and Tom Cummings, of Brownsburg and Kim and Rob Spurrier, of Centerville; her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Yvonne Cope, of Fountain City; her daughter-in-law, Bobbi Cope-Brown, of St. Croix; 16 grandchildren, David and Linda J. Newman, Jennifer and Paul Moore, Jeremy and Becky Reynolds, Susan Reynolds, Sara and Mark Strate, Morgan Cope-Little and Byron Little, Erich Cope, Maggie Cope, Barney Barnhart, Elizabeth and Jim Summers, Lucas and Stefanie Cope; Amanda and Matt Pinkston, Jessica and Ty Cole, Mary and Kevin Mitchell, Caitlyn Cummings and Samantha Spurrier, 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty McGarey, of New York, New York; a brother, Jack Renner and his wife, Ellen, of Somerset, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Cope was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James F. Cope, on June 25, 1980; a son, Billy Ray Cope, on July 2, 1997; two sisters and one brother.

A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Pastor Jim Truelove at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, January 11, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Early Learning and Family Literacy Center, 315 NW 3rd Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374.

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The first time I signed the guest book I only signed my name. Grief consumed me and silenced my words.
I would like to say now that I will miss my mother for the rest of my life. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was my best friend and I loved her effortlessly. I am a better person for having known her.
To my sisters I owe such gratitude for taking such good care of Mom. I love you both.
To my brother I say thank you for being our rock.
Family is truly life's reward.
I will miss you Mom!

Kristi Cummings Jan 17 2008 12:00 AM

Linda, Sandy,Donnie, Kristi and Kim, I'm so sorry to hear of Aunt Jenny's passing. I remember the summers I stayed a few weeks with all of you (sorry Kristi and Kim..you weren't around then)and the times you came to visit at Mamaw Dailey's. She was a sweetheart and I'll always remember how said "honestly" all the time. I know she's in heaven with my Mom now and I hope they are remembering how much they loved each other. I hope we get to see each other again some day soon. Your Cousin, Connie.

Connie Smith Cummins Jan 16 2008 12:00 AM

Linda, Sandy and families.
We are sorry to hear of your mother's death. Our sincere sympathy to all of you.
Don and Joyce Hutchison

Don and Joyce Hutchison Jan 15 2008 12:00 AM

Don, Linda, Sandy, and other family members: As we were reading the Pal-Item online, we were so sorry to read about the death of your mother/grandmother. Our thoughts are with you.

Steve and Debbie Weadick Jan 14 2008 12:00 AM


I will never forget the lessons you taught me or the stories you shared. I love you.

Mary Mitchell Jan 12 2008 12:00 AM

To the Cope children,
I read about your mother as I checked the Richmond on-line site...and at the same time learned about your father.....and Billy.....and a little about the rest of you. My heart felt sad...but warm.

I wanted to send my sympathies, and my genuine sentiments to all of your family. I know what close family ties are...and I know the pain when those loved ones are taken from us.

I remember the gentleness of your mother...her smile...and her kindness.

I was your neighbor for a few years on South 4th St. Remember the Mills family? I was the one "in the middle!"......

As I am filled with memories of our families...please know that I am also filled with thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time.

With fond memories...and sincere sympathy,

Janice Mills Kelly

Jan Kelly Jan 12 2008 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. I have so many good memories of hanging out at your house! She was truly a wonderful woman.


Jane (Blunk) Duke Jan 11 2008 12:00 AM

Just wanted your family to know we are thinkinf of you at this time.

Phil & Martha

Phil & Martha Jan 11 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Kristi,

I am very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. May God bless you and your family at this time and always.

Your friend from NHS,

Terri Byrket Brown Jan 11 2008 12:00 AM

Linda and Aldan and family,

We want to express our sincere sympathy to all of you in the loss of your Mother. Please know our thoughts will be there with you.

Max and Merilou Fulks Jan 11 2008 12:00 AM

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