Koop, Sally

Sally Koop

Sally Koop (nee Plett)

1916 – 2006

Koop, Sally-1.jpgOn Monday, October 2, 2006 at her residence, Sally Koop (nee Plett) aged 89 years of Morden, formerly of Nipawin, SK went to her eternal rest.

Our mom was born in Giroux, MB to John K. and Margaret Plett on November 14, 1916.  She was the 8th of 17 surviving children. Though raised in a Christian home, it was at Gimli Bible Camp that Mom realized her need for a personal relationship with Christ.  Mom learned to cook, clean, garden and sew while at home, but sewing was what she enjoyed most.  She thought she would never get married, but would be the one who would look after her parents in their old age.

When our dad, Henry Koop, came courting, she realized God had different plans for her and they were married on November 6, 1938.  Their first winter was spent in the bush cutting Tamarac cordwood, after which they lived in Prairie Rose for about 5 years. The first 5 children: Dan, Dorothy, Roy, Gordon & Jerry were born there.  From there they moved to Kleefeld, where Bertha (Rachelle) and Abe were born.

Mom & Dad had a heart for missions and were interested in working with New Tribes Mission.  They sold their possessions and made preparations to move to California. But with 7 children, they were not allowed across the US border to attend New Tribe’s Boot Camp because they did not have enough money.  God used Mr. Wannop from TRBI to open another door of opportunity to attend Bible School and so Mom and Dad moved to Carlea, SK.

Before she was married, Mom sewed for her younger siblings; here in Carlea, her skills were much appreciated by the students.  Priscilla, Tim & Sandra were all born in Saskatchewan.  They lived there for 6 winters and then moved back to Kleefeld to Grandpa & Grandma Koop’s farm.  The last 3 children, Susan, Debbie & Eunice were born there.

In 1973, they sold the farm and moved to Squamish, BC with just the 3 youngest children. Mom always said she didn’t have the gift of evangelism, but she always had time for people and wherever they lived, the neighbors loved her.  In 1983, due to Dad’s retirement they moved to Nipawin, SK to be centrally located to their children and were there until the move to Morden six years ago.

Mom was an excellent seamstress.  She sewed everything from Dad’s suits and jeans, to our winter parkas and wedding dresses.  In later years, she focused on trying to get a quilt sewn for every grandchild when they married.  Sitting was hard for Mom – she loved to be ‘doing,’ whether it was dishes or making cookies, or making sure she had enough pickles and jam on hand that all her children and grandchildren could take home several jars every time they came to visit.

We children and grandchildren cherish the memory of Mom and Dad’s prayer times. More than one grandchild has mentioned ‘overhearing’ them pray in the morning and being really quiet so they could listen to Grandpa and Grandma pray for them by name which they did every morning and evening.  Mom seldom complained, choosing thankfulness instead.  There was always something to praise the Lord for; the weather, a bird at the feeder, a new bloom in the garden, or the sunrise.  She loved the time spent with her children and grandchildren, and had a way of making them feel special.  More than one would claim to be her favorite!

In the last few years, Mom was tiring quickly and found that frustrating.  She had to learn to ‘give up’ being able to do everything herself.  She had come to depend very much on Dad and Dorothy to help out.  Knowing that she was becoming more and more forgetful increased her longing to go home to heaven.

On Monday, October 2nd, Dorothy dropped in for coffee and Mom led her to the living room where they sat and chatted.  When Dorothy realized at one point that Mom hadn’t responded, she looked and saw that Mom’s head was tilted back and she went and sat beside Mom, put her arms around her and Mom took her last breath.  She had gone home without a struggle.

Mom will be deeply missed by our dad and her husband, Henry, of almost 68 years; 13 children: Dan and Norma Koop and Dorothy and Isaac Brown of Morden, MB; Roy and Diane Koop, Rachelle Koop and Priscilla and Mike Belosevic of Edmonton, AB; Gordon and Lois Koop of Nipawin, SK; Jerry and Lois Koop of Francois Lake, BC; Abe and Debbie Koop of Lima, Peru; Tim and Mabel Koop of Gig Harbor Washington; Sandra and Gilles Bernier of Montreal, PQ; Susan and Gerry Dirks of Squamish, BC; Debbie and Einar Sandland, Eunice and Richard Emilson of Calgary, AB; as well as 30 grandchildren, plus their 17 spouses and 26 great grandchildren for a grand total family tree of 100.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 11:00 am at Morden E.M.M. Church with Rev. Dan Koop and Rev. George Derksen officiating.  Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Sally’s memory to Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada 4316 10th St. NE Calgary, AB T2E 6K3.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements.