Friday, June 24, 2011

Alice Cope, Neosho, dies from tornado-related injuries

(The following information is taken from the Clark Funeral Home website.)

Alice L. Hudson Cope, 79, Neosho, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Freeman West Hospital, after being in the Joplin, tornado on May 22. She was born June 2, 1932, in Cassville.

Alice had been a member of College Heights Christian Church in Joplin. She attended First Christian Church in Neosho before her long illness, and was active in their annual apple pie baking program. She loved Bible studies and participated in them at the church and at Graystone Apartments.

She was a fine seamstress and made beautifully appliqu├ęd dresses, drapes and stylish clothes. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed books on history and religion.

She graduated from Cassville High School and attended Southwest Missouri State College, now Missouri State University. After her children were grown, she returned to Springfield and completed a degree in archeology. She worked on an archeological dig in Israel.

Alice is survived by her son, Steve, and wife, Heather, Bella Vista, Ark.; her daughter, Judy Cope and husband, Gary Rasmussen, Woodcliff, N.J.; a sister, Dorothy Knoblauch, Joplin; three grandchildren, Stephanie Cope, Cara Cope and Alex Rasmussen; two great-grandchildren, Gavin James and Maddie Rose; and the father of her children, Stan Cope, and wife, Linda, Anacortes, Wash.

Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

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