Margaret Corlett Kopp



Iron County Record, April 28, 1938, Page 1

Heart Attack Fatal to Well Known Cedar Matron


Mrs. Margaret Corlett Kopp, 64, died suddenly Wednesday morning from a heart attack, her sudden death coming as a severe shock to her many friends in Cedar City and southern Utah.

Mrs. Kopp awakened early Wednesday morning and complained of a pain in her stomach. However, after arising and moving about the house, she reported feeling better. About an hour later her husband, Joseph A. Kopp, found her dead in her chair, the lady apparently having passed away peacefully and without suffering.

Margaret (Maggie, as she was familiarly known) was born on April 25, 1874 in Hamilton's Fort, a daughter of James C. and Mary Corry Corlett, early pioneers of southern Utah. Her mother was among the first while children born in Utah, and was an active pioneer leader in southern Utah. She was the first telegraph operator in Cedar City, and also handled all secretarial work in connection with Cedar City's project of providing the first building for the Branch Agricultural College.

The deceased came to Cedar City with her parents when she was a child and spent her youth here. In 1895 she was married to Simeon Simkins at Cedar City. Mr. Simkins died in 1902 and his widow married Joseph A. Kopp on June 3, 1906 in Beaver. They made their home in Milford until 1910, moving to Los Angeles in that year. In 1913 they came to Cedar City and Mr. Kopp established his garage business, and have resided here since, both of them taking an active part in civic and church affairs, Mrs. Kopp taking a particularly active part in Relief Society affairs.

Surviving besides her husband are six children, Mrs. Catherine Crosley, Hollywood, California; James Corlett Simkins, San Diego, California; Mrs. Nola Reed, Salt Lake City; Frank Kopp, Los Angeles; Marie and Mae Kopp, Sal Lake City. Also surviving are five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one brother, Thomas Corlett, Sacramento, California.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 PM at the First Ward church.


submitted by Kathie Marynik