|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1916|
|Death: ||Sep. 5, 2010|
Safford Funeral Home,
(February 12, 1916 - September 5, 2010)
Lucinda Cooley Nelee Rope was born on February 12, 1916 in Cibecue Arizona and went home with the Lord on September 5, 2010. Her birth parents were Charles Cooley and Nora White. Her step-mother was Annie Pahe Cooley. Her paternal grandparents were Alfred Cooley and Jennie Cooley and her maternal grandparents were John White and Carrie White. She had five sisters, Lucy Cooley Burnette, Constance Cooley Rogers, Marlena Cooley Larzelere, Goldie Cooley Nunoz, and Delrita Cooley; and five brothers, Frank Cooley, George Cooley, Roy Cooley, Chester Cooley, and McKinney Cooley.
Lucinda married Lawrence Nelee, Sr. and had four children, Charlotte Nelee Rope, Walter Nelee, Sr., Lawrence Nelee, Jr., and Beulah Nelee.
After the death of her husband, Lawrence, Sr., Lucinda began working as a nurse at the Whiteriver Hospital. While working as a nurse, Lucinda met Boni Rope. After an extensive and long distance courtship, she married Boni and moved to Bylas, Arizona.
Lucinda had eight additional children, Christina Rope Shivery, Celina Rope Hubbard, Marilyn Rope Benallie, Curtis Rope, Randy Rope, Steven Rope, Sr., Lex Rope, and Baby Boy Rope. She also raised her two grandchildren, Andrea Benallie Thorne and Daryl Benallie. Her husband Boni, passed away in 1972.
Lucinda had many fond memories of growing up in Cibecue. Although she lost her mother when she was only twelve years old, she recalled many happy stories and teachings by her grandmother, Jennie Cooley. She cherished her family and stressed the importance of treating one another with love and respect.
One of the earliest memories Lucinda recounted was as a little girl in Cibecue, when she came to know the famous Apache scout, Peaches. When Peaches came to their village, he made her moccasins and brought her treats, such as wild berries. She treasured those memories and held them dearly.
Lucinda was an avid basket weaver who made many tus and burden baskets. She also enjoyed designing and creating beadwork, camp dresses, cradleboards, and quilts. She was a renowned basket weaver and her works were sought after by many Native American art collectors.
Lucinda's friends and family fondly remember her beautiful singing voice. She sang with love in her heart. Whether she was happy, sad, angry, or worried, she always had a song to lift up our spirits. She always told us to sing while cooking and to sing for your food, because it would make the food taste much better.
In addition to her family, the first and foremost in Lucinda's life was her love and devotion to the word of God. Lucinda was a dedicated Christian woman who gave thanks and prayed for each and every member of her family and friends. Lucinda spoke of the importance of serving God and taught her family that all things are possible with faith and prayer. One of her favorite scriptures in the Bible was Matthew 7:7, "Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
Every day she conversed with Jesus through prayer and gospel songs. Many times she marveled at the amazement of heaven and looked forward to one day singing and praising God with the angels and all her loved ones. Lucinda always said that God had many mansions and that we must all live our life according to His word, so that one day we may also partake in the celebration and homecoming that awaits us in heaven.
Lucinda's greatest treasure in life was her family. We, the family, will always be grateful for the unconditional love and the many lessons she passed down to many generations. Whether through songs or stories we will forever cherish our memories.
Lucinda is survived by her daughters, Christina Shivery and Celina Hubbard; sons, Lawrence Nelee, Jr., Curtis Rope and Steven Rope, Sr., and her sisters, Marlena Larzelere and Goldie Nunoz.
She was preceded in death by Lawrence Nelee, Sr. and Boni Rope; and her children, Charlotte Nelee Rope, Walter Nelee, Sr., Beulah Nelee, Lex Rope, Baby Boy Rope, Marilyn Rope Benallie and Randy Rope.
She is survived by thirty-five grandchildren, fifty-three great-grandchildren, and twenty great-great grandchildren.
A wake will be held on Saturday September 11, 2010 at four o'clock p.m. Services will start on Sunday September 12, 2010 at one o'clock p.m. at the House of Prayer.
The family has entrusted the arrangements to Safford Funeral Home.
Charlotte Nelee Rope (1935 - 2008)*
Marilyn Rope Benallie (1950 - 1980)*
Specifically: Navajo Point Cemetery, San Carlos
Maintained by: Tom Todd
Originally Created by: Sharla
Record added: Sep 11, 2010
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