Mrs. Elizabeth Copenace

November 19, 1958February 13, 2013

Elizabeth (Sput) Copenace Waankotook – Sky Woman Omashkooz – Elk Clan

November 19, 1958 – February 13, 2013

On her father’s birthday, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer, Elizabeth went on her spirit journey to join her father Sam Copenace Sr, and her sister, Caroline.

She leaves behind her husband Isaac Pahpasay and their children Little Bear and Fawn (Michael), step- daughters Laura (Harrison), Patricia and Sharon. Elizabeth cherished her grandchildren Brooklyn, Amara, Eden, and Micah and will be especially missed by Lucas who was always by her side, and step-grandchildren Lydia, Tristin, Jillian, Chloe, Nicholas, Demetrius, Illias, Owen, and Brogan. Elizabeth is survived by mother Orpha Copenace, her siblings Charles (Anita), Peggy (Ernest) Samuel (Cheryl), Reginald, Terry (Anita), Donald (Ida), and Jennifer. Elizabeth enjoyed a large extended family and was admired by many nephews and nieces. Elizabeth also had a close relationship with her uncle Isaac Mandamin and his family.

Elizabeth was born in Kenora, Ontario. In her early years, her family lived on Windigo Island, Northwest Angle #37 First Nation. Along with her siblings, she attended Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in Kenora. Her family later moved to Winnipeg for a couple years before returning to live in Kenora in the late 1960’s. She attended Keewatin Public School, moved up to Lakewood High School and graduated from Beaver Brae High School.

In 1978 she met the man who would become her companion for the rest of her life and they moved to Winnipeg and later Grassy Narrows to raise their family. As a mature student, Elizabeth returned to her studies, achieving her Bachelor of Education and worked as a teacher with the Grassy Narrows School.

Elizabeth comes from a powwow family and she proudly carried on the family tradition as a jingle dress dancer. She had many friends on the powwow trail and enjoyed spending time with family at many powwows across northwestern Ontario and Manitoba. Nothing gave her more pride than to see her grandchildren dance in the powwow circle. While Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, her illness did not prevent her from continuing to dance at or attend powwows until it became physically impossible for her to do so. Elizabeth’s spirit will live on in the jingle dress she wore and in the powwow drum and songs.

There will be a visitation at Browns Funeral Home in Kenora from 3pm-5pm on Friday February 15.

A wake will be held at Elizabeth and Isaac’s home at Grassy Narrows First Nation on Friday February 15 and Saturday February 16, followed by the burial service on Sunday February 17 at 1pm.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I’ll never part. God has you in his keeping; I have you in my heart. Forever and Always.

Elizabeth will now be dancing with her father Sam Copenace.

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  • Wake Service Friday, February 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 17, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2013

Mrs. Elizabeth Copenace

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Peggy Copenace Hunt

February 20, 2013

On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone who came out to the vistation; the wake; and the funeral service to celebrate the life of our beloved little sister Sput. Thank you to Brown's Funeral Home for ensuring that a precious member of our family was served with dignity.Many miigwetches. Take care.

Bernice Seymour

February 15, 2013

My Dearest Sput:
Of all the moments we spent together, all the laughter, tears and "oh Bernice" times, I will always think of us together, dancing. I am proud to call you my best friend forever. My heart is heavy as I try to write, somethings can't be put into words but Sput, that's the way it was and is between us. We never had to say a lot to each other. And though sometimes the times apart were too long, it always felt like I had slept over the night before. To the moment I will remember...Wauzhusk Onigum Pow-wow, our first year in "Golden Age" category...after THREE songs, huffing and puffing, you still managed to say "one more - bring it on - we can take it"! You sure did. I could say so much more, but it all comes down to thank you for letting me love you and call you friend.
Your BFF,