Evie Bopp, longtime Vail Valley resident
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Evelyn “Evie” Bopp, longtime local of the Vail Valley for over 20 years, passed away at her home in Gypsum early Monday morning. Evie was born in Boulder on Feb. 14, 1951. She is survived by her parents, Gwedolyn Ruth Edmodson of Niwot and Rodger Reischick of Longmont. She is preceded death by her biological father, Jack Harrison. She had three sisters, Karlyn Derose of Massachusetts, Kaylyn Maurer of Longmont and Troylyn Terry of Longmont. Evie had two children, Shawn Knuckey of California and Laura Martin of Arizona. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Shawn, Alex, Shilo and Asher.
Evie Bopp came from a long line of brave and hardworking people. Her ancestors were some of the first Colorado pioneers. One of these ancestors was Edward Dunsha Steele, who came to the Wild West from Wisconsin in 1859. Another is James Henderson Hood, who settled in Colorado in 1886. He was a mining engineer and was involved in the construction of the Superior and Lafayette coal mines. Evie inherited the tenacity and courage of these Scot-Irish men.
Evie grew up in Longmont on a farm. During her childhood, she enjoyed activities with horses and 4-H. She brought both horses and cattle to show. Riding, competing and showing horses earned her many blue ribbons and awards. She “loved every minute of it.” Another group she was involved in was the Masonic Youth Service Organization, in which she earned the highest honor of “worthy advisor.” While in school, Evie excelled and was consistently at the top of her class. Evie had a positive attitude and had many friends while growing up. She also attended church regularly and began developing what would be a lifelong faith.
After graduating from Longmont High School, she moved to California to attend college.
She earned her master’s degree and nearly earned her Ph.D. from California State University. After receiving her degree, she worked for several years as a counselor with severely emotionally disturbed children in California. She reflected often about how rewarding her work was. Evie was very proud of making a difference in the lives of these troubled kids.
Aside from her studies and work, Evie was a talented painter. She also took magical photographs of outdoor landscapes for handmade cards for friends and family. Her husband, Steve, said of her work that “she could take a picture of a simple bouquet, but the center flower would reach out to you and it was so real that you could almost smell it”. Evie enjoyed making clothing and sewing for herself and others. She was skilled at crocheting and made beautiful sweaters. Her hands were always busy with other projects such as the many needlepoint projects hanging in her home. Evie also wrote poetry to express herself. An artist to the core, she could find beauty in anything, and captured that in her art.
Eventually Evie moved back to Colorado, where she met her husband, Steve. They married in April 1993. Evie loved the outdoors and the couple enjoyed spending time in the mountains hiking, camping and hunting. The Bopps began a cleaning business together, which they named “the Housekeeping Therapists.” Evie wanted to use the title of therapist in spirit for their business because she did not have her Ph.D. on paper. She loved the motto they chose, “Bringing Sanity to Your Home.”
A few years after marrying Steve, they became the fulltime caregivers for their two grandchildren, Shawn and Alex. The happy family enjoyed spending as much time as possibly outdoors together. A couple of years after the boys joined them, Evie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For 10 years, Evie lived with the disease which eventually took away her ability to walk as well as her eyesight. Through the years, Evie remained upbeat and focused on the care of their family, and helped as much as possible with scheduling appointments for the family’s cleaning business.
In 2006, the Bopps bought a Habitat for Humanity home in Gypsum to help accommodate her wheelchair and to fit their family of four. Evie and her family have been members of the Calvary Chapel located in Edwards for over 10 years, and she was thankful for all of their support. She was also very happy to have had such a supportive and loving husband, family and group of friends.
The night before Evie passed away, she told her husband, Steve, that she wanted everyone who was close to her to know how much she loved them. One of Evie’s last requests was to donate her hair to Locks of Love, a charity that makes wigs from donated hair for children with cancer. The van that the family used that had a lift for her wheelchair will also be donated to another needy family. Originally the van was donated to them by the Westover family. These last thoughtful gestures illustrate the character and generous spirit of a truly giving woman who will be missed.
Please come and celebrate Evie’s life on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 1-3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church located in Eagle at 138 Howard St. Anyone wanting to attend in encouraged to come. In lieu of sending flowers, an account has been established at the American National Bank in Avon, account No. 70881110, to help pay debt related to her illness and provide for her husband, Steve Bopp, as well as the two grandsons that she left behind that are in Steve’s care.