Bobba was born July 2, 1926 to Herbert Lavell "Hub" and Ida Gertrude (Wasson) Wright in Muskogee, Oklahoma. As many families did during the depression and WWII, she shared an extended family household filled with grandmothers, aunts, and cousins, but as an only child and girl she always said she was raised like a "princess". While attending Muskogee High School Bobba met and married her lifelong soul mate Eugene Lee Copenhaver. They spent 56 years together enjoying life adventures, many travels, but most of all raising three sons – Eugene Jr., Michael and Dave.
Bobba was primarily a homemaker throughout her life. She helped Gene with his career and established a wonderful environment for the boys and all of their friends to grow and pursue any interests they had. She was known to work on motor scooters, help nurture any pets or animals the boys brought home, or take tickets at teen hops, just whatever it took to help the boys and their many friends that she loved as her own. Bobba did work outside the home for some time establishing a small loan business that helped some people through tough times and others start careers that are flourishing today. She was also a member of many civic organizations including sororities and PTAs.
Bobba was a great artist. As many great artists throughout her life she went through many periods and phases working in many art forms. Painting, ceramics, needlecraft and sewing were just a few of her passions. She has left behind a massive body of work that will stand as a testament to her wonderful artistic eye.
Her many friends and family members will testify that her powerful sense of nurturing others and care giving were her strongest traits. She was known as a protector, especially of her family. Maybe because she was a Leo – she was always a lioness. Her strength was ever present even during the last days of her illness. When she was informed there was not much left to do, she vowed to fight on staging several rallies and never lost her will to live. Her caregivers will remember her as truly inspirational, and a very strong woman! Her favorite things: anything pink, family, chocolate, antiques, holidays (most of all Christmas) and Molly, her Chihuahua.
Bobba lived a very charitable and giving life. Some of her favorite causes were numerous veterans' organizations such as Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of Purple Heart. Always a nature lover, she was a long time member of the World Wildlife Federation and Audubon Society. She was a supporter of Native American Rights and contributed to the American Indian Relief Council and St. Labrie Indian School. Other favorite charities were Habitat for Humanity, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Cancer Society, the Humane Society and many others.
Bobba will be joining her dear husband Gene and his parents Anthony and Margaret, her parents Hub and Ida Wright and her loving son Michael. She is survived by sons Eugene Lee Copenhaver Jr. and wife Alice of Midwest City, Oklahoma; Dave Lavell Copenhaver and wife Melissa of Midwest City, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law Susie Copenhaver of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; granddaughters Staci Copenhaver and husband Brent Higgins of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; Amy Chavez and husband Troy of Midwest City, Oklahoma; and great-grandchildren Z-Nick Ferrell, America Jane Higgins, Ian Chavez and best friend and pet Molly.
The Copenhaver family would like to thank the Mark V Medical Group, the 5th Floor nursing staff at St. Anthony's Hospital, the staff of Kindred Hospital, and Interim Hospice & Home Health for their care and tireless compassion through Bobba's illness. A donation to the Wildlife Society would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Paylor Family Funeral Care Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at the Oaklawn Cemetery, Sulphur, Oklahoma May 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.