Miller Memorial Chapel

1120 West Goshen Ave, Visalia, CA


Nina Marie Cope

July 5, 1942October 3, 2019

On July 5th 1942, a little girl was born to William John and Christine Ina Totty in Maud, Oklahoma. Her name was Nina Marie. She was born into a family with an older sister, Clara Elizabeth “Beth”, and an older brother, William Marion Bartlett “Bill”. She later would have two more brothers added to the family, John Darrell and Edward Lawrence. She lived in Lindsay until her junior year of high school where they moved to Strathmore until she married her sweetheart of two years, Emzy Cope on September 15th, 1959. To their family they had two children, Sonya Renee and Randall “Randy” Lee. She was a wonderful mother and great reflection of God’s love. She taught Sonya how to sew, cook and taught them both about her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nina and Emzy became pastors in 1964 at the Lindsay Church of God. As a pastor’s wife she was devoted to the church and you could always find her helping with the fundraisers for the church such as making fried pies, cinnamon rolls, and peanut brittle. She also made quilts, helped catered meals and taught Sunday school. During the 55 years of pastoring, they also pastored the Church of God in Woodland, California and Goshen, California. She touched the lives of so many wonderful people with her loving heart and warm hugs! She was a wonderful grandmother to her seven grandchildren so full of love and compassion and really invested herself into their lives. She became a second mother to one of her grandchildren, Tim, and devoted herself to help in raising him. She also was an amazing great-grandmother to nineteen great-grandchildren. Sixteen years ago she became a mother for a third time when she received custody of three of her great grandchildren and has been a outstanding mother and really made them the young adults they are today. She sacrificed so much and never once complained it was just who she was. She entered into the arms of Jesus on October 3rd 2019 at home in Goshen, California with her family surrounding her holding her hand as she crossed over to her heavenly home. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Tina Totty, Her sister Beth Dye, Her brothers Bill Totty and Ed Totty. Preceding her also in death was three of her grandchildren, Christa Dawn, Eric Michael, and Ashley Marie. She left behind her husband (Babe) of 60 years, Emzy Cope of Goshen, California; her Daughter Sonya Cope of Strathmore,California; her Son, Randy Cope and wife Joan of Bakersfield, California; and her brother Darrell Totty and wife Sandra of Visalia, California; along with her four grand children, Tim Gibson of Goshen, California; Ryan Cope, Brendan Cope, and Lindsey Hatten of Bakersfield, California; the three great-grandchildren she was raising as her own. Casidee, Jonathan and Miracle Minkler, as well as sixteen more great-grandchildren. Her Celebration of Life Service will be on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at the Goshen Church of God at 10:00am. The address is 6416 Ave. 308, Visalia, California, 93291. She fought a good fight, she finished her course and she definitely kept her faith! (2 Timothy 4:7). We love you Nina, Grandma, Mom, Babe. See you just above the trees someday!


19 October

Celebration of Life Services

10:00 am

Church of God

Road 64 & Avenue 308
Visalia, CA 93291


Nina Marie Cope

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Tonya Howard

October 17, 2019

Nina & Emzy Cope have always been family to me and my family. They were my Pastors for several years in Woodland, CA and I spent a lot of time at their house growing up as Sonya was like a sister to me and remains that way to this day.
Nina (Sis. Cope) was always so loving and kind, she would make these wonderfully delicious frozen lemonade pies, my favorite item! One year, my mom and dad had to go out of town for something and I stayed at the Copes house and it so happened that it was on my birthday, she was so sweet to make me one for my birthday, I will never forget that.
As years went by, they all moved to Visalia and my first husband John and I would drive up to visit occasionally.
Years have flown by and life gets busy and I didn’t get to come through Goshen a lot to visit my “2nd family”. But every time I got the opportunity, we would give the Copes a ring and Bro & Sis Cope always made time to meet up with us, even if for a short hi or bite to eat. Sis Cope also made sure I got to see my nieces and nephew and then great nieces and great nephew!
My heart is happy that Sis Cope has made it home to her Savior, but hurts for this precious family who is left to go on with life without her....(for a short time I believe!)
Sis Cope, thank you for all the memories, for all the pies, for your great laughter at silly things Sonya and I did, thank you for your loving, caring heart! We shall see you soon!
You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.❤️

Tim Cope Gibson

October 17, 2019

She was my grandmother, and for big part of my life she has been a second mom to me, I have so many memories a big part of me is gone right now from this world because she's not here, Although as much as I want her to be here I don't want her to be here in the pain that she was in because of an ugly cancer, She did so much for me and showed me so much love I miss her so much too much for words to explain and I can't wait to see her again I just I'm still in shock that she is actually gone From this life But like she told me a week before she died that if she doesn't see me here again she'll see me just above the trees I'm so glad I got to come back and spend time with her the week before she died in the hospital where I was able to have a real Conversation with her will you sat up and visited over breakfast she told me in a recording on my phone how much I meant to her and how much she loved me and that something I will always cherish she was so vital and important to my life and heaven is definitely much sweeter now
I love you grandma I miss you but I'll see you again just above the trees

Harry Foster

October 12, 2019

Nina and Emzy have contributed so much to making this world a better place and she will be sorely missed by everyone who has crossed her path; but we're sure, in particular Emzy. Our hearts and love go out to Emzy and his family at this time of grief; knowing that he will need the strong support of his community to work through this loss. Please take care, Emzy, and know that so many of us are thinking of you and your family at this time with very loving thoughts. Harry and Walline Foster