Mary "Janie" Jane Coppinger
August 5, 1926 – October 4, 2019
Beloved Mother and Grandmother
Mary Jane (Janie) Coppinger was born August 5, 1926 in Wichita, Kansas. The family moved to McMinnville, Oregon in 1936. The family then moved to Echo, Oregon in 1940.
Janie graduated in 1943, at the age of 16, she then worked at the Umatilla Ordinance Depot as a driver and typist. She married Kenneth Coppinger upon his return from service in World War II. They lived on a wheat farm near Echo with their family of three Daughters (Connie, Jacquelyn, Wendy).
Janie was a PTA Mom, 4-H Leader, learned to play golf, loved water sports and dancing. She was an excellent baker and cook. She also worked part time in Hermiston Herald Newspaper.
Janie moved to Gresham in 1971, where she worked for the Jantzen Excess Fabrics, until they moved to Vancouver. She stayed in Oregon and earned her real estate sales license. She later worked for her brothers (Al and Chuck Laurie) in their manufacturing businesses.
Through the years, Janie loved traveling to Mexico, fishing, dancing and an active social life. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Ladies Auxiliary Elks. She worshiped at the Mountain View Christian Church and her Chapel Services at her Assisted Living Home.
Janie retired at 64 and began another phase of life. She continued travel, playing cards, playing golf and enjoying friends and family. Janie was an integral part of family celebration and events. These words cannot convey how much she’ll be missed.
Janie was predeceased by her parents; Albert and Mabel Laurie, sister; Shirley Ann Cleary, brothers; Charles and Albert and her daughter, Connie Lynn Caplinger who passed on October 5, 2019 just hours after her mother.
She is survived by her daughters: Jacquelyn (Richard) Gutensohn of Oregon, Wendy (John) Lavender of Alberta. Grandchildren: Rebecca (Steven) Donaldson of Washington, Liza (John) Kuhlmann of Oregon, Michael (Norma) Gutensohn of Oregon , Mary Elizabeth (Jesse) Keyes of Oregon, Holly (Kelly) Proskow of Alberta, Joshua Hale of Alberta, Emily Lavender of Alberta, David (Tami) Young of Oregon. She has Five Great Grandchildren, nephews, grand nephews and niece, and a Great-Great Grandson of whom she was very proud.
- Celebration of Life Gathering Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Mary "Janie" Jane Coppinger
October 11, 2019
Mary Jane. What a wonderful person. She was always willing to help. Wendy had a very large birthday party at her house when we were in Jr High, and Mary Jane was such a good sport! I always felt loved and respected by Janie, and in return I loved and respected her back. She was a kind, compassionate person with a heart of gold. She was a wonderful Mom to her 3 daughters. She was a wonderful Mom to anyone who needed love. She will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to the family of this incredibly kind and giving person. God bless her. God bless you all!
October 9, 2019
A beautiful lady who made the world a kinder and loving place for all who knew her... we will miss your grace and joy...
Scott, Sandi, Sean & Ryan Laurie