DONNA (REID) COPPS
Donna (Reid) Copps, 78, passed away peacefully, comforted by family members on July 24th, 2019 in Helena, Montana.
A much-adored only child, Donna was born June 11, 1941 in Miller, SD to parents, Nimey and Lloyd Reid. She grew up moving often, following her father’s jobs and making multitudes of friends along the way. Always independent and adventurous, she started working part-time at age 12 and had great stories to tell about her numerous interesting jobs, including work as a hospital pediatric aide, manager of a Dairy Queen at age 16, department store model, and a snake handler at a popular tourist attraction.
The family eventually settled in Rapid City where she spent much of her education, followed by college at Black Hills State University (or South Dakota State College) where she had received an art scholarship awarded by a beauty pageant. It was there that she met George (Jack) Copps, who she was married to for 20 years.
Following the beginning of her husband’s long education career, Donna moved to Poplar, MT where she cared for her young family, forged strong friendships and began her early financial career at Trader’s State Bank. She jumped right back into banking with Northwestern Bank when the family moved to Lewistown, MT in 1975, then continued her career in Helena in 1979 with Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) as a Personal Banker. Well known at the downtown (Last Chance Gulch) branch, Donna worked for a total of 30+ years with the same bank and brightened the days of those who crossed her path every day of her life.
Following her bank retirement in 2007, Donna signed on as an enumerator with the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (NSDA). She enjoyed calling farmers and ranchers across the state, using her charm to convince them to complete surveys and provide valuable statistical info.
Donna was gracious, genuinely kind, and full of integrity. She cared deeply for her customers and cherished lifelong friends from all of her communities, but nothing meant more to her than her family. She was a loving and compassionate mother, an involved grandmother, and loyal friend to many. She loved retirement life – socializing, laughing, reading, lunching with her friends, spending time with family, the Griz! – and genuinely caring for everyone around her. A nurturer at heart, she put people first and was selfless with her love. Everywhere Donna went, she ran into a loved one, a friend or familiar face. As her family often heard, she was everyone’s “favorite.”
Donna is survived by her children Troy and Trent Copps from Helena, and Georell (Bracelin), from Bend, OR; grandchildren Drue Copps, Trey and Jace Bracelin; and an incredible community of loved, just-like-family friends.
The Copps family wishes to thank the kindhearted caregivers at Frontier Hospice and Edgewood Memory Care. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, August 22, 1pm at Anderson, Stevenson & Wilke in the social hall, 3750 N. Montana Ave. Be prepared for good conversation, lots of hugs and laughter and light snacks. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Donna.