Date of Death Dec. 6, 2012
Ruth Copley, age 97, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M. for 37 years and formerly of Monticello, Iowa, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. A graveside service will take place at 10:30 am, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello is assisting the family.
Ruth was born Ruth Jenny on a farm near Leigh, Neb. Ruth was one of eight children of Rudolf and Marie Gigax Jenny. She graduated from Leigh, Neb. High School and Midland College in Fremont, Neb. Ruth married Elton C. Copley in 1943 at Kearney, Neb. The couple moved to Monticello in 1955 where they operated the Western Auto Store. Ruth started teaching country school in 1931. She retired in 1972 from the Monticello School System where she taught 6th grade for 13 years. Elton preceded her in death on March 9, 1975.
She was involved in church activities, League of Women Voters, Business & Professional Women, and loved birdwatching, studying wild flowers, and playing bridge. She is remembered for her great sense of humor and had many friends. Ruth was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque and had been a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Monticello.
She is survived by daughter, Mary (George) Novotny of Albuquerque; sister, Mildred Metzger; granddaughter, Jenny Anna Devenport; and great-grandson, Erik Paul Devenport.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Elton C. Copley; parents Rudolph and Marie Jenny; sisters Eunice Beran, Fern Baird, Edna Napier; brothers Wilbur, Arthur and Bud.
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