Reba Almeda Roper passed quietly from this world in the presence of her daughters, and went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, late Thursday night, February 17, 2011, at Burford Manor Nursing Home in Davis, where she had lived and fought a long 14 year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born Reba Almeda Sanders on December 10, 1925, in Davis, to Oscar Enic and Mattie Jewel Tyner Sanders. Reba grew up in their home in Davis, with her only sibling sister, Juretta Sanders Thomas.


Reba Almeda Roper passed quietly from this world in the presence of her daughters, and went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, late Thursday night, February 17, 2011, at Burford Manor Nursing Home in Davis, where she had lived and fought a long 14 year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born Reba Almeda Sanders on December 10, 1925, in Davis, to Oscar Enic and Mattie Jewel Tyner Sanders. Reba grew up in their home in Davis, with her only sibling sister, Juretta Sanders Thomas.  

 

On August 8, 1942, at the age of 16, Reba married the love of her life, Bill Roper. Just a few days after their marriage, Bill left with the U.S. Army to serve in France, Ireland, and England during WWII. He did not return for almost two years. While Bill served his country, Reba remained in her parents’ home, worked for Claude Hunt’s Grocery, and finished Davis High School, graduating in the Class of 1943. After Bill returned home in 1945, they moved to Salinas, California for a few years, before returning to Davis for the birth of their oldest daughter, Billee.  They moved back to California for a few more years before returning to Davis to stay in 1952. Their youngest daughter Vickie was born in 1953, and Reba was a stay at home mom for several years. As the girls grew older, Reba re-entered the work place, checking groceries for Tom Farr, Johnnie Wehba, and Frank Morgan. She kept books for C.M. Mays Lumber Co and was secretary at the Davis Chamber of Commerce. In 1968, she took the job she was most proud of and enjoyed tremendously, Davis City Clerk and Treasurer. She retired in 1987 after 19 years of service.  

 

Reba gave her heart to the Lord at the age of 12 at the 1st United Methodist Church in Davis. In 1951, she became a strong and active member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church teaching Sunday school and Bible school for many years, impacting the lives of many young people in our area. She loved to sing and frequently joined the church choir. She loved to fish and garden. Reba was a wonderful cook and delighted in preparing meals for family and friends.

 

Reba was preceded in death by her parents; her mother and father-in-law, Lon and Verda Roper; two sisters-in-law, Mary Roper and Loma Gilbert, whom she loved dearly.

 

She is survived by her husband, Bill of their home; two daughters, Billee Moore and husband, Randy and Vickie Coppenbarger and husband, Buster all of Davis; four grandchildren, Mandee McKinney and husband, Hank of Mead, Okla., Taylor Moore and wife, Shellie, Dr. Cade Coppenbarger and wife, Jodi, and  Heidi Wright and husband, Jason all of Davis; five great-grandchildren, Aaron and Chloe Grace McKinney of Mead, Gavin Moore, Gage and Paige Coppenbarger and Jaxon Wright all of Davis; sister, Juretta Thomas and  husband, Jr. of Davis; brother-in-law, Truman Roper and wife, Margaret of Grants Pass, Oregon; as well as several nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

 

Reba leaves behind to her family a legacy of love, strong work ethics, love of family, and an extremely strong love of our savior Jesus Christ.

 

Funeral services will be Monday, February 21, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Davis with Rev. James Densman officiating.

 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 4–6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her church toward the building and furnishing of the new fellowship hall.

 

Services are “Entrusted To” HALE’S Funeral Home, Davis, Okla.