Marilyn Joy Jones Cope

Marilyn Joy Jones Cope
Marilyn Joy Jones Cope

Marilyn Joy Jones Cope, 77, of Amarillo died Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 4, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, with Pastor Greg Corona officiating. Burial will be at Dreamland Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Marilyn was born on October 27, 1942, in Hereford, Texas to Elsie Andrews Jones and Elmer Jones. She grew up in Hereford and the Frio community surrounded by loving family, including her cousins – who were some of her first friends and among her closest friends later in life as well. She graduated from Hereford High School in 1961 and completed cosmetology school before beginning a successful decades-long career as a stylist. She was a loving mother to three sons, and devoted wife to Wayne Cope, whom she married on July 24, 1982. Together they enjoyed traveling in their RV, running Palo Duro RV Park for a number of years, and later spending winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas with a fun community of fellow travelers. Marilyn also enjoyed bus tours and cruises with family and friends – she was always on the go and up for adventure.

She had a great appreciation for beauty in all forms and expressed it in her oil paintings, her love of dancing, her fabulous style, the affinity for flowers and gardening she shared with her son, Sheldon, and most of all in her genuine enthusiasm for the people and places she loved. A true social butterfly, Marilyn had a knack for bringing light and love to everyone she encountered – as a volunteer at the BSA hospital gift shop, as an active member of Hillside Christian Church, and as a core member of the Widowed Persons Services group.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Wayne.

Survivors include her sister, Patsy Findley of Amarillo; three sons, Sheldon Johnston and life partner Jay Youree of Amarillo, Shawn Johnston and wife Kim of Amarillo, and Trae Johnston and wife Shauna of Amarillo; two step-daughters, Denise Van Meter and husband Rex of Amarillo, and Susan Hill and husband Bob of Fort Mill, S.C.; a step-son, Bill Cope and wife Michelle of Bloomington, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, Skyler Johnston and wife Raven, Kaycee Cox and husband Jordon, Kole Johnston, Brooklyn Johnston, Lauren Kreusel and husband Joshua, Luke Johnston, Bryan Van Meter and wife Kenna, Cara Van Meter, Lea Queener and husband Cal, Nathan Rodriguez and wife Amanda, Taylor Cope, Tucker DeWitt and wife Hannahlea; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 5211 SW 9th, Ste. 100, Amarillo, TX 79106.

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14 Replies to “Marilyn Joy Jones Cope”

  1. So sad to learn of your passing. You were a very Special Cousin and a lovely lady. I will miss you. One day we will all be together again in heaven with our Heavenly Father. Love, Verna Griffith.

  2. Marilyn, we love you and we will miss you! You taught us to always look for the fun in life, to wear appropriate outfits and never be seen without makeup, to keep our houses and carpets spotless, hahaha! You loved us even when we were unlovable. You loved our Dad and took great care of him. I know you’re having the best party ever with Jesus. Thank you for influencing our lives in so many ways. ♥

  3. Steve and I had the pleasure of spending winter days in Texas with Marilyn (and Wayne). We loved watching them dance. I loved the salt and light of God Marilyn put out to all she met. Our prayers go out to the Family. Thank you to Sheldon for the many pictures of ventures over the years with Ms. Marilyn.

  4. I will miss my stepmom; she will never know how special she was to me. We shared laughs, and she instructed me on how she wanted her sinks to be installed. She always made me feel at home no matter where I was at when she was around. I love you; this world would be a so much better place if we were like her.

  5. My deepest sympathy to the family of a wonderful lady. She married our cousin Wayne Cope, and together they had a wonderful life together. Now they are together in Heaven.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She is just as beautiful now as she was in high school. She’s walking on streets of gold with Jesus and loved ones. She was an inspiration to all with her love of family and optimism. We will all miss her, she was a good and faithful servant of the Lord. Praying for the family.

  7. Marilyn and I volunteered together at the BSA gift shop. She was a lovely person. I will miss her. She is free from her pain now. Will be lifting up her family in my prayers.

  8. I will miss my childhood friend . I have such fond memories of her and her family . Bye my friend I will see you on the other side . love you Marilyn . prayers for you Patsy . Love Jeanne Jones Lubbock Texas

  9. Many memories of Marilyn from Hereford and Frio! She was a beautiful lady inside and out! Praying for all of you and know you will miss her very much!!!

  10. An Inspiration to the World…Always a sweet smile of welcome. YOU are missed, but no longer in pain…Judy,Joe Frank, Verna

  11. She was one of the sweetest and best. We got to rv with Wayne and Marilyn some. Those were fun adventures. You will be missed. Love and prayers for all your family. Buddy and Beverly Logsdon

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