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Bernice (Coppinger) Davis

Bernice (Coppinger) Davis

Bernice (Coppinger) Davis
December 24, 1928 – August 31, 2017

Luerlean “Bernice” Rowe made her entrance into the world on December 24, 1928 in Hinton, Oklahoma.  Her parents, Edwin “Lemuel” and Sally, along with her older brother Edwin Jr., celebrated Christmas that year with their newest family member, an adorable healthy baby girl. Over time, the Rowe family grew to include Bernice’s younger sister Betty and her younger brother Gary.

Relocating their life from Oklahoma, the family moved to Garden City, Kansas where Bernice’s father worked on a farm. Growing up during the challenges of the Dust Bowl, the Rowe family eventually moved to Kimberly, Idaho.

During her teenage years in Kimberly, Bernice loved to spend her free time at the local skating rink. The “apple of the eyes” of many suitors, two young men captured her heart – Glen Alden Coppinger and Herbert Carlington Davis.

On June 28, 1948 Bernice and Glen Coppinger were wed in a beautiful ceremony at the Kimberly Methodist Church. The newlyweds lived in Twin Falls where their loving son Larry and beautiful daughter Glenda were born. With a move to Boise and the birth of Norman, the family was complete until 1967 when Glen died at the hands of another.

The succeeding years were difficult, but as Bernice’s youngest child prepared to leave home for college, Herbert Davis, Bernice’s other roller rink sweetheart from Kimberly, re-entered her life. Picking up the pieces after the tragic lost of his wife Jennette, speaking as a true farmer Herb proposed to Bernice by telling her “I don’t have all summer to court you so let’s get married now.”  Two weeks later on April 12, 1979, Bernice became Mrs. Herbert Davis of Princeton, Oregon.

Whether it was from her early childhood or the love of a large family, Bernice loved farm life. Taking immediately to Harney County and Herb and Jennette’s five children (Herb Jr., Louise, Joe, Tom and Barbie Ann), the Bernice and Herb Davis home was a gathering spot for family, friends and neighbors alike. Bernice always made it clear, “the door is always open, coffee is always on and there is always time for pie.”

Family, friends, baking and sewing were Bernice’s passion. Known for her cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls and pies, Bernice always had a sweet treat for family and friends. Learning from her mother, Bernice’s sewing talents were unsurpassed. Whether it was making clothes, quilts or tea towels as gifts, Bernice never met a cute piece of fabric she didn’t own.

Although tragedy was part of her life, Bernice was strong and never complained. Bernice is preceded in death by her first husband Glen Coppinger, her second husband Herb Davis, her parents Lemuel and Salley, her brother and sister Edwin and Betty, sister Edna who she never met, step-son Herb Davis, Jr., grandson Damon Davis, grandson Jesse Davis and great-granddaughter Deven Schulz.

Blessed with a large family whom she loved dearly, Bernice is survived by her children Larry (Arlee) Coppinger, Boise, ID, Glenda (Rick) Schulz, Twin Falls, ID, Norman (Debbie) Coppinger, Davis, CA and her step-children Joe (Sharon) Davis, Hines, OR, Ada Louise Colvin, Hines, OR, Tom (Julie) Davis, Princeton, OR, Barbie Ann (Tim) Carr, Fergus Falls, MN and her brother Gary Rowe, Vancouver, WA. Bernice is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild as well as the many friends that she always called her family.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Idaho Chapter:

On line at:

By mail at: Alzheimer’s Association

Attn: Donor Services
6126 W. State St., Suite 305
Boise, ID 83703

By phone:        (208) 206-0041

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