November 6, 2021

Joann Cope

Joann Cope, age 79, of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away at home with her family by her side on November 5, 2021.  She was born July 26, 1942 in Urich, Missouri to Isaac C. and Mabel M. (Clegg) Dilks.

Joann received her nursing degree from Kansas University Medical Center and was an ER nurse at Bryan East Hospital for 25 years.  She enjoyed golf, bowling and watching the sandhill cranes during their migration.  Joann was the Den Mother for her sons’ Cub Scout Pack and was either “Grandma” or “Aunt Jo” to many.  She always put her family before herself. Whenever her kids/grandkids had games, matches or meets she wanted to be there to watch and cheer them on. Joann always put others before herself.

She is survived by her husband Lowell Cope of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law Dean and Shelly Cope of Cambridge, Nebraska and their children Seth Cope of Omaha, Elisabeth (Vance) Johnson of Cambridge, Nebraska and Sarah Cope, attending UNL; son and daughter-in-law Kenny and Patty Cope of Lincoln and their children Clayton Cope of Lincoln and Lauren Cope of Lincoln; sister Donna Brashear of North Manchester, Indiana. Joann was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mabel Young, and brothers Isaac Donald Dilks and Roland Dilks.

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 “O” Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.  To view the service online click HERE.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children, 2415 N. Main St., PO Box 1327, Fremont, Nebraska, 68026.


  1. Our sincere sympathy to the families,
    Mike & Gretchen Kubik

    • I’m so sorry for your loss. May she rest in piece and my God bless you always.

  2. Mick and I are so sorry for the loss of your mom. We know how hard that can be. Praying for you and your family

  3. Jo may have been the kindest nurse I worked with in a 30 year career. She was just a beautiful person.

  4. Great person. They don’t come any better than Joann. She possessed such wisdom and kindness that her legacy will continue on to all that were fortunate enough to cross paths with her.

  5. Joann and her family lived next door to us in North Platte. Kind and helpful, great family.

  6. Jo always had the best intentions for her patients. And I loved her commitment to nursing. She will be greatly missed.


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