Mary Louise Kopf Hines, age 90, of Prospect, peacefully passed away at home on Saturday evening June 19, 2021.
Born June 30, 1930 in Wallaceville, PA; she was the daughter of the late Milo Norris and Pearl Lura Wygant Kopf.
She was a 1948 graduate of the former Colestock High School in Venango County. As a young lady she worked at the Polk Center School, she met her soon to be husband John P Hines, III, where he had worked also. They married, he went off to the Marines, she drove cross country to be with him and then worked on the Marine PX Exchange at the El Toro Base in San Diego, CA. They moved home, back to PA where they began their family.
As a mother, she loved to bake breads and cookies, cook, garden, and would grow the most elaborate outdoor flower beds. She sold Fashion 220 Cosmetics and Avon. She was well known and loved by the neighborhood kids, who she would enjoy conversations with from little kids to young adults. She loved everyone. She was an avid traveler with many stories to share, where she visited many US states, England, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico where she fought the Bull with her red half slip, wintered in Florida, and always looked forward to the yearly trip to visit family in the Southwest. She sponsored the San Luis School in the Amazon Basin, where she had traveled, visited, and delivered supplies to numerous times. In her later years, she enjoyed dining out, music, and dancing.
She was very active in the Prospect Community where she was a member of the Emmanual Lutheran Church, Prospect Women’s Club, served on the Board of the Prospect Community Library, 20th Century Club, past President of the former Prospect 4-H Club, served on the Slippery Rock Area School District Board, where she was a past president for over 10 years, long time worker on the Prospect Election Board, early 1980’s walked door to door as a Census worker, and volunteered at the Rube’s Run fundraiser in Prospect. She also was a member of the Butler Chapter #45 Order of the Eastern Star and previously served on the Butler Memorial Hospital Board for many years. She retired in 2000 from the Butler ARC, where she was a caregiver house parent.
She enjoyed time with her husband, where she was the secretary treasurer of his business Shaffer’s Tractor Sales in Prospect, until he sold in 1989. She also was his Fair Board Director’s Wife for The Big Butler Fair, where she volunteered in every aspect as needed during those years.
Momma Lou loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, their friends, neighborhood kids, cats, dogs, and her kitties Bruce and Blue, who survive.
She is survived by her children: Diane (Max) Bishop of Connoquenessing Twp., Laurie (Gary) Hoffman of Ft. Myers, FL, Patti (Mark) Denny of Butler, Henry Bergbigler of Denver, CO; her four granddaughters: Danielle (Erik) Harris, Lisa (Brian) Friedhaber, Mercedes (Loren Lawrence) Denny, Mackenzie (Addie Lowery) Denny; her 3 great grandchildren Fitzroy Harris, Sigrid Harris, Hedy Lawrence; and her brother Raymond (Nancy) Kopf of Chapmanville, PA.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John P. Hines, III, who she married December 15, 1950 and who passed away April 21, 2001; and her siblings John M. Kopf, Willis C. Kopf, James L. Kopf, Norma Kopf, and Bettie A Kopf.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at the Mt. Chestnut Presbyterian Church Picnic Shelter, 727 W Old Route 422, Butler, PA.
Family will receive relatives and friends from 1pm to 2pm, Celebration of Life Service at 2pm, with Rev. Margarethe Galbraith-Cordes, her church pastor, officiating. The funeral luncheon to follow at 3pm.
Cremation services were entrusted to the Raisley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, pc., 387 Main Street, Prospect.
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