Winifred Walker Coppedge, 92, of Raleigh, NC, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015.
Winifred was born on April 19, 1923, in Junction City, KS, the daughter of Lillian West Walker and Frank Walker. She grew up on a farm and attended the White City, KS, High School for three years, transferring for her senior year to Junction City, KS, High School from which she graduated. She continued her education at Brown Mackie in Salina, KS, from which she graduated, majoring in business. She accepted a position at American Flours, Inc. in Newton, KS. It was in Newton that she met Robert D. Coppedge while he was on military leave, and they were married in 1943 in San Marcos, Texas. She followed Bob to various military bases, working in hospitals in Boise, ID, Wichita Falls, TX, and Atlanta, GA. They settled in Aiken, SC, where she worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and E.I. Dupont de Nemours. When Bob was transferred to Washington, DC, she worked for the AEC and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. When their children came, Winifred stayed home and became involved in their community, Copenhaver, in Potomac, MD, serving as Secretary to the Board of Directors for 25 years. When their children started school, Winifred became involved in school activities, serving as chairman of the dedication for their new local elementary school and holding various offices in the PTA. While their daughter, Caryn, attended Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD, Winifred served as a grade parent and chairman of grade parents. While their son, Craig, attended Wootton High School, in Potomac, MD, she worked on various PTA activities and served as Co-President of the PTA. After Caryn and Craig were grown, Winifred took a position with a technical recruitment firm in Bethesda, MD and later became Director of Research.
When Bob retired, Winifred and Bob moved to Raleigh, NC and lived in the Enchanted Oaks community where she served on the Board of Directors, and the Welcoming and Architectural Review Committees. After Bob’s death, Winifred moved to the Cypress of Raleigh, where she had many wonderful friends and particularly enjoyed Thursday night games of Hand and Foot. Winifred spent many delightful hours playing with her grandchildren, watching their games and attending their various school functions at Ravenscroft School. Winifred was a member of the Edenton Street United Methodist Church.
Winifred is survived by her daughter, Caryn Coppedge McNeill and her husband, Dr. John Woodward McNeill; grandchildren John Woodward McNeill, Jr., Alexander Walker McNeill and Jane Temple McNeill of Raleigh, NC; sister Frances Jansen of DuBois, PA; and daughter-in-law Lisa Kimes Desmomd of Hagerstown, MD.
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She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bob, and their son Craig.
A memorial service will be held at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27603, to Ravenscroft School, 7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh.