Jessie Cope (Allen)
Jessie Mearl Allen McDonald Cope
March 6, 1923 – May 9, 2018
Jessie Mearl Cope was a very smart woman with many talents that were learned in the old school of do what you have to do to raise a family. As a young child her father moved to California taking her older sister Irene, brother James and twin-brother Marvin, leaving Mearl, her Mother and her sister Frances in Oklahoma. She did not see her twin-brother again until they were very old. Listening to the many travels stories of moving with her first husband throughout the Southwest following the Construction jobs from place to place with 4 young children, on a flatbed truck, then his death at a young age leaving her in Texas with 4 children a 5th child on the way and unable to drive. She was a SURVIVOR! She moved herself and the children back to Gore, OK where her sister and several of her husband’s brothers lived. Then her son, who was only eleven, taught her to drive. Mearl was a determined woman. Along the way she became a talented seamstress, making her boys some of the most beautiful cowboy shirts from flour and feed sacks. She also was an expert Quilter making some of the most unusual and popular designs in quilts into her later life. Canning and Preserving Food…her sons favored her Salt Pickles! Then one day her best friend talked her into going on a double-date with her dates Best Friend. Well on this Blind-date she met the Love of her Life, Velmer Cope, and after a whirlwind Courtship, she and Velmer tied the knot. It was a good Knot it lasted 61 years of a Loving and Comfortable Marriage. They went many places together and truly enjoyed their years together. Their daughter Joy was truly a Joy to them. Their son Pee-Wee certainly kept them young for a long time. They were also a Blended family before that word was used to describe families. Combining two families was certainly a challenge, but again Mearl made it work. Her Faith was strong, she said she had read her Bible, cover to cover several times.
Mearl Lived in her 95 years.
Jessie Mearl Allen McDonald Cope
Born in Allen, Oklahoma
March 6, 1923
Jessie Boyd Nichols Allen Wilkerson - Deceased
Chester Allen - Deceased
Bill Wilkerson - Deceased
Sister – Irene Allen - Deceased
Brother – James Allen - Deceased
Sister – Frances Allen Ferguson - Deceased
Twin Brother – Marvin Allen - Deceased
Henry McDonald was killed in 1954 From a Construction Accident
Leaving Mearl Widowed with 5 Very Young Children
Son - Harold R. McDonald and wife Anita D McDonald
Son - Marvin (Mickey) McDonald –Deceased
Son -Bobby Joe McDonald - Deceased
Daughter - Mary Frances McDonald - Deceased
Son-Danny Randy McDonald - Deceased
Velmer Ralph Cope, preceded her in Death in 2005.
They enjoyed a 41 Year, Long and Wonderful Marriage.
He left her with 2 Children
Daughter -Joy Cope Villerreal Standifird and husband Jack Standifird
Son – Carroll (Pee-Wee) Cope and wife Janee’ Cawhorn Cope
Marvin (Mickey) McDonald
Heart Throb and Glamor Boy of the family died at an early age.
Son – Sammy - Deceased
Spent many years traveling the world in the Military, working in the Oil Industry and Hotel Maintenance.
Son – Bobby
Daughter – Misty
At a very young age he began working at the Old Fashioned Dry Goods Stores in Gore, also was a talented woodworker.
Loved her Mamma Dearly. Mary traveled and enjoyed life as she searched for excitement.
Joy Cope Standifird
Manager of City of Webbers Falls Utilities Department
Daughter - Tiffany
Carroll (Pee-Wee) Cope
He is a US Marshall with the Federal Court System in Muskogee County Oklahoma, constantly setting good examples for the next generation.
Daughter – Elisa
Son - Eric
Harold R. McDonald
Retired VP of Engineering for Corporate Hotels
Daughter – Suszie
Son – Harold, Jr.
Son – Gregg – Deceased
Daughter - Jena
The Last and Most Important Son.
The Son that adopted Jessie Mearl Cope in her later years. He was always there for her, watching, checking, making sure she had the right care., hardly ever missing a day going to the Nursing Home to make sure she ate, was not in need of anything or just Keeping her Company.
In his younger days he played with all of her sons, ate many meals at her table and probably, truth be known received a equal measure of her wise, old fashioned discipline same as her sons. It’s not clear who adopted who as a special relative. But we know she considered this man part of her family and a son.
Mr. Charles Bennett
Mearl Was Blessed with
21 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great, Great Grandchildren