BOARDMAN, Ohio – A funeral Mass will be held Saturday May 30, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church for Dr. Beverly A. Copper-Butler, formerly of Toledo, who made her transition from earth to heaven on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, after a lengthy and courageous battle with ALS.
Bev, as she was affectionately known, was born and raised in Plainfield, N.J. She was the daughter of the late Isaac J. and Anne E. Jordan Copper.
She attended Findlay University, where she received her B.S. degree. Bev developed a strong quest for education and was driven by her own desire to learn and share her experiences and findings in education. During her 32 years of teaching elementary school in the Toledo Public School System, she was always searching for new ideas and techniques to benefit the teachers and students. She earned a Permanent Teaching Certification, Grades 1-8 Reading Teacher’s Certification, Elementary Principal Certification and Elementary School Supervisor’s Certification. She received her Master’s Degrees and Specialist Degrees from Toledo University. Receiving a scholarship to The Ohio State University, she studied cultural diversity focusing on Middle Eastern Culture. Bev was also the recipient of a scholarship to NASA, which allowed her to become Luna certified This gave her the opportunity to bring the “moon rocks” back for the enlightenment of the city of Toledo. Bev earned her Ph.D. in Education from Walden University, having her dissertation, ”Parental Participation in Education,” published in 2008.
Bev was well known for her skills as a Grant writer, directing monies into Ohio for the benefit of education for all of Toledo’s City Schools. She was invited to work in the TAPESTRIES project as a science support teacher for several schools for over five years. She was responsible for team teaching in her district and for professional and curriculum development.
She was a presenter of Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts In-service sessions. She won the honor of being named a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar.
Bev spent many years supporting and guiding practice teachers. She was very instrumental in developing the HOSTS program, which proved to be very beneficial to the students throughout the entire city. She also was an input liaison for many book companies when they designed new editions of their social studies textbooks.
She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, an educational fraternity; Toledo Federation of Teachers; Toledo Area Writing Project; National Association of Mathematics; and National Association of Black School Educators. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and the KISS Chapter of Toledo for the Red Hats Society. In 2007, Bev was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame at Central Catholic High School, Toledo, for her involvement as a parent.
Before coming to this area, Bev was a member of St. Patrick’s of Heather Downs, Toledo, and was also an active member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Boardman.
In addition to her mother, of Boardman, Bev leaves to cherish her memory a devoted and supportive son, Stephen A. Copper-Butler of Erie, Pa.; her special gift and sister, Pam (Kevin) Parrish of Boardman; a loving brother, Dr. Derrick “TC” Copper of Heidelberg, Germany; a nephew and godson, Brian Parrish of Columbus; a niece and goddaughter, Autumn Parrish of Boardman; and a host of friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father, Isaac J. Copper.
Calling hours will be held today, May 29, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church.
Interment will be at Franklin Memorial Park in Franklin Park, N.J.
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