What impressed me was she didn’t just think about it and talk about it, she did something about it. One person can make a difference.
Julie Finrow Curkendall, about her sister Sue
Come to Maltby. It’s important. Because Sue Copeland passed on March 10th and you knew her. And you are part of her family.
And for those of you who think you did not know her, you did. You are the beneficiary of her work for you. And your children. And that you still have a measure of freedom in this state and in these counties of Snohomish and King, is part of her legacy.
Sue emerged in presidential politics, in the Republican Party, like the thousands who stood for Liberty in 2007 when she learned Ron Paul was running for President. And from that point forward she worked with the heart of a servant with all the resources she could muster. She worked and organized and founded the Bothell MeetUp in 2007 and later in 2008 headed the Bothell Campaign for Liberty, as well as the Congressional District 1 leader. Sue was a Ron Paul alternate to the State convention in 2008 and a delegate in 2010. And she did all the things that painted a target on her back and made her an enemy of the GOP Establishment. Fearlessly. And with love.
It was not an accident. Sue Copeland was born to Liberty.
Her family worked for the cause from the 1950s. Her father, Don M.
Finrow, gave the keynote address at a Constitution Party State Convention and founded the Verax Chemical Company. Their building was the site of the “Fight for Freedom Library” and bookstore and hosted many meetings – until it was stolen by government.
From 1960 to 1972 Sue’s family fought a legal war against the theft of their property by the North Lake Urban Renewal Project, taking it to the State Supreme Court. Twice. Ultimately losing by a political change in the Court’s makeup. Why would government statists want to close down the “Fight for Freedom Library”?
Don’s children are second generation liberty patriots: Don H. Finrow, Sue and Julie Finrow Curkendall, and Julie’s son Graham is third generation, a Ron Paul patriot.
Sue knew the cost.
And as long as her strength held out, she was there. In 2012 she passed her activist baton to Julie, and took up the role of avid cheerleader for the new district leader.
Be there for her to show her family the Liberty Movement cares for its patriots.
Sue Copeland’s memorial service will be:
March 30, 2013
Maltby Community Center
8711 206th St SE, Snohomish, Washington
Memorials in Sue’s name can be made to the charity of your choice, or to Sunrise Haven at
www.sunrisehaven.org/ (click on “Support/Giving”, “Financial Support”, then the “Donate” button).
[Ed note: Sue’s sister Julie has provided some details about Sue’s interests, avocations, and work.]
Sue was born in Seattle, the third of four children. She graduated from Bellevue Christian School as Salutatorian. Growing up, she was an avid reader, a Camp Fire Girl, and played the violin in the All-City Orchestra. In high school and college, she sang in the choir, and thereafter enjoyed singing the alto part during church hymn singing.
She graduated in Home Economics Education from Iowa State University. After returning to Seattle, was a substitute teacher in the Seattle School District and taught for two years at Wishkah Valley School District near Aberdeen. After working with the family business briefly in the 1970s, in 1988 she joined Julie full time at the family business, where she worked until recently.
Sue was a life-long, devoted student of Christian Science, and an active member of the Christian Science churches wherever she lived. Her love of God and her striving for a greater understanding of her spiritual self and her relationship to God and her fellow-man were an inspiration to others. Sue’s multitude of activities were grounded in her spirituality, working with a Cooperative Preschool and Alternative School Coop Program as she raised her sons, being an avid vegetable gardener, volunteering her time in caring for people, especially the elderly, working wherever she could for truth and justice.
Sue Ellen Finrow Copeland is survived by her husband, Richard, her sons, Matthew, Jonathan and Stephen, her brother Don H. Finrow and Joan of Snohomish, her sister Mary Finrow of Frankfurt, Germany, and her sister, Julie Curkendall and Brian of Bothell, William Copeland of Seattle and five nephews and a niece. Her son, David, passed away in 2001.