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Dorothy Jean Cope, 90, of Danville, went to be with her Lord at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Danville, where she was a guest and received excellent, loving care for a number of years.

Jean was born on March 19, 1927, in Cumberland, Md. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Sarah Kear, and lived her entire life in Danville. She graduated from Danville High School in 1939, where she was the captain of the majorette squad. Jean was also an excellent swimmer and bowler in the Midway Bowling League.

Dorothy was a member of the Pine Street Lutheran Church in Danville. She taught Sunday School and developed a passion for teaching. As a result, she went to school and graduated from Bloomsburg State Teachers College with a degree in elementary education. Upon graduation, she taught elementary school in the Danville School District for several years. Later, Dorothy earned three master's degrees in reading and worked as a reading specialist in the Danville School District. She was instrumental in developing the district's remedial program. In addition, Jean worked in the Head Start program over the summer months in Riverside. She was an avid animal lover and enjoyed the companionship of her dogs.

She is survived by one son, Robert Cope; one daughter, Susan and husband Robert Kirkpatrick, of Danville; two grandchildren, Lindsey and husband Andrew, of Philadelphia, and John, of San Diego; and two great-grandchilren, Alex and Samantha. Jean was the youngest of nine siblings; she was preceded in death by her five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brady Funeral Home.

Please send online condolences to BradyFuneralHome.com
Published on June 24, 2017
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