Ruth Valeria Smith McCoppin

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:31 PM

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Ruth Valeria Smith McCoppin

After battling Parkinson’s disease for 17 years, Ruth Valeria Smith McCoppin, peacefully passed away September 5, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Valeria (as her friends and family called her) was born May 14, 1939, in Ozark County Missouri, daughter of Virgil F. Smith and Lillian Allcorn Smith. Valeria always said “you could take her out of the Ozarks, but you would never take the Ozarks out of her”.

Valeria attended high school in Saint Joseph Missouri, graduating from Benton High School in 1957. She graduated from Saint Joseph Junior College in 1959, as well as NW Missouri State University in 1964, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

On August 23, 1959 Valeria married Robert D. McCoppin in Saint Joseph Missouri. They were later sealed for time and all eternity, on May 22, 1967, in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Valeria was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Darlene and husband, Robert. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Tami and Shawn Paskins of South Ogden, Mindi and Dave Gifford of North Ogden, Angie and Casey Young of Washington Terrace and son, Randy McCoppin of Twin Falls, Idaho; 12 grandchildren and many loving cousins; nieces; nephews and friends.

Valeria held many civic and church positions in multiple states, although she will always hold a special kinship to those of the “old 9th ward”. She devoted her personal and professional life to the intellectual and spiritual growth of youth. Valeria was an educator her entire life, concluding her career at Bates Elementary in North Ogden.

She had many interests including reading, painting, traveling, movies, the lives of her children, and grandchildren, and often said two of her favorite vices were “Fox News and her hidden chocolate bars”.

Aside from her quirky habits and vivid hallucinations, she was a wonderful lady; and for that we (and she) would like to give special, heartfelt thanks to: Dignity Hospice, visiting teachers, Weber Human Services and their Senior Companions, and the many aides, friends, and family members who gave of their time and support, through the many years of Valeria’s illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the LDS Ben Lomond 4th Ward, 3350 N. 1050 E., No. Ogden, Utah. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, September 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. and Wednesday at the church, prior to the service from 10 to 10:40 a.m. Interment, Ben Lomond Cemetery.

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