Threda A. Copp, 87 years, residing at Brethren Village in Lancaster PA, passed away peacefully, Thursday evening on December 28, 2017. Surrounded by family her struggle with heart disease was over.
She was born in Westfield PA, April 21st, 1930 to Eldora and Walter King was a "Mama's" girl as she called herself, devoted to both parents but especially her Mother. She never wanted to be far from her mother's side. Her parents raised 4 other children along with Threda; Ada Copp (King), Lorenzo King, Merlson King, and James King.
Family was always important to her growing up. They didn't have a lot of material things but they always had each other and a house full of love.
At 13 years of age the family moved to South Corning. She saw her future husband, Wayne Copp, walking up Owen Street and knew then they would be together. Wayne (2 years) older went to Northside High School and Threda attended Corning Free Academy. They spent their time together at the quarry skating rink or the movies. They were married on May 27, 1950, and were together for 54 years before Wayne's death in 2004.
At CFA Threda was in the National Honor Society, sung in the school choir, and became best friends with Ruth Clark (VanDusen). Threda was organist for South Corning United Methodist Church and Ruth was the choir director. Threda learned to play the organ by ear, and later learned to read music. Music was always a part of her life and one of her favorite trips was to Broadway to see Phantom of the Opera.
She had two children, Roxanne Edwards (Copp) of Lancaster, PA and Richard Copp of Pittsburgh, PA. She was loved by her son-in-law John, and her daughter-in-law Brenda.
Threda worked 30 years for Corning Glass Works. She started out in the Lighting Products Division and worked her way up to Executive Secretary in the Electronics Division. She had a great work ethic and was always ready to stay late and do whatever was needed. Working allowed her to realize her dream of providing her children with the opportunity to go to college.
She was blessed to have 4 beautiful granddaughters, Erin Strohmier (Copp), Emily Copp, Elizabeth Edwards (Copp) and Eleanor Copp. She enjoyed her grandchildren spending summers with them at Keuka Lake and at home. She would sing to them and rock them on the porch swing.
She had the opportunity to be with her 3 great grandchildren, Maddox and Lylah Strohmier, and Emma Edwards. She loved receiving pictures and videos of the kids.
"Great Gram" will always be remembered for singing "Pony Boy" and "Froggy Went-A-Courting".
She loved being Aunt Threda to her nephews and nieces. She had many wonderful memories to think back on times with her extended family and friends.
Hobbies included cooking, interior designing, and flower gardening. She had a talent for being able to envision how something would look before it was built. She was an avid reader and when she enjoyed a book would finish it in a day or two. She loved to play cards, especially bridge.
She was involved in many organizations like Daughters of the Nile and the CFA Alumni Association. Her friends were always so important to her. And when she moved to Lancaster she missed them all. In her high school year book the caption under her photo said, "Friendly in a quiet way, at the top she will always stay". We will miss her smile.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 6th at 1 pm at South Corning United Methodist Church, 12 Caton Road, Corning, NY 14830. Please join the family for an informal gathering directly after the memorial service. Special thanks are given to Acly-Stover Funeral Home for help with the arrangements. She will be buried in private next to her husband in Hope Annex.
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