Connie Lynn (Coppinger) Caplinger

Born: Thu., Feb. 12, 1948
Died: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

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In Loving memory of Connie (Coppinger) Caplinger

On October 5, 2019 family and friends said farewell to Connie (Coppinger) Caplinger of Echo Or., just 24 hours following the passing of her mother, Mary Jane (Janie) Coppinger, of Gresham Or.  The proximity of their passing leaves our family in awe of God’s will and we are comforted knowing they are together in heaven.

Connie was born to Janie and Kenny Coppinger of Echo February 12, 1948 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton by Dr. Easton.  She attended Echo School, graduating with honors in 1966.  She earned her teaching certificate from Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande and spent her lifetime living in and serving rural communities, mostly in Umatilla County.  She was an English teacher at Helen McCune Junior High School for many years, also teaching in Prosser and Hermiston, eventually earning her master's degree in school administration.  From there she worked for Umatilla County Children and Family Services and retired after serving several years as Executive Assistant for the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners.  During mom’s retirement years she served on the Echo School Board, was a member of Echo Kiwanis and volunteered for the Pendleton Round Up.  Connie had a great love for animals, especially horses, and was a member of the Blue Mountain Cutting Club. She supported her daughter Lisa through 4-H horse showing while living in Prosser.  

Throughout the years, Connie touched the lives of people in her community.  She loved Umatilla County and the farming community from which she came.  She will be greatly missed.  Thank you to all who have shared your appreciation of her life, it has meant so much to our family.

Connie lived in her childhood home on Coppinger Ranch outside of Echo, with her husband William Caplinger.  She is survived by her husband William Caplinger, her daughters Rebecca (Thomas) Donaldson of Ridgefield, WA, and Lisa (Thomas) Kuhlmann of Redmond, OR, five grandchildren;  Olivia and Katie Kuhlmann and Bridget, Janelle and James Donaldson, as well as her sisters;  Jacque Gutensohn of Gresham, and Wendy Lavendar or Edmonton Alberta Canada.  

Connie will be laid to rest at a private graveside service in Echo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Echo Community Church.

In her memory;
Daughters Rebecca Donaldson and Lisa Kuhlmann

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Randy O'Brien
   Posted Mon October 07, 2019
I am very saddened to learn of Connie's passing. Connie is my 2nd cousin. To her entire family please know that I share your sadness.
Randy O'Brien

Jeanne Daly
   Posted Mon October 07, 2019
Sorry for the loss of Connie and Janie. My dad was great friends of both of them. Good they are together.

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