Jean Copple

Long-time Pateros resident Jean Copple passed into the presence of her Savior on June 16, 2020. She was born in a pioneer family in a log cabin in Curlew, Washington on November 21, 1924, to Charles and Lucile Farnsworth. She was the fifth of six siblings with whom she maintained a close and loving relationship all her life.


She and her family moved to Spokane, Washington in 1928 and then to Clarkston, Washington in 1930 after the sudden death of her father. Jean cherished the memories of her years in Clarkston, despite the hardships of the Great Depression.


She graduated from Clarkston High School and worked as a secretary at the Hanford Reservation. She then moved to Omak to live with her sister’s family and work as a legal secretary. There, she met her future husband Clark Copple at the Presbyterian church in Omak where she sang in the choir and he played the organ. They were married on June 8, 1948 and moved to Pateros where he was the manager of the Methow Pateros Growers. Their three children were raised there.


During the early years of her marriage, Jean enjoyed being involved in Junior Women, a community service organization. For many years, she also led the church choir at the Pateros Methodist Church, where Clark played the organ. She had a lovely soprano voice, and often sang at local weddings and funerals.


Since childhood, she was an avid horsewoman. She spent many happy hours on horseback in the hills surrounding Pateros, riding for fun or helping family friends round up their cattle. She also enjoyed taking Sunday afternoon motorbike rides up into the hills with her family.


She worked seasonally for many years in the apple packing sheds, and always enjoyed the stimulation of work. When her children were older, she found fulfillment working as a secretary to the principal of Pateros High School


After retirement, Jean and Clark moved to Monroe in 1988 to be nearer to their children and grandchildren. After Clark’s death in 1992, Jean moved in with Brian’s family and loved being near family and grandkids.


She is survived by her children: Bonnie (Bill) Owens of Littleton, North Carolina; Peggie (Chuck) Venemon of Buckley; Brian (Debbie) Copple of Sultan; sister Dorothy Thompson of Wenatchee; four grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


A Celebration of Life will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sultan Education Foundation or Sultan Arts Council (c/o Sultan Visitor’s Center, P.O. Box 46, Sultan, WA 98294;), Moody Bible Institute (820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610), or the charity of your choice.


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