Jennielee Cofer Bishop

On Tuesday, March 25, 2008, Kingman lost an admired pioneer lady. Jennielee Cofer Bishop passed away surrounded by family at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

Jennielee was born in Kingman on Nov. 24, 1916, to Clyde Cofer and Irene Cornwall Cofer (author of "The Lunch Tree").

She graduated from Mohave County Union High School in 1934 and married her high school sweetheart, Dan McDonald, who died three years later in a tragic mining accident.

Jennielee later married Judd Bishop, who was a local rancher, and together they purchased the Windmill Ranch, north of Wikieup.

Jennielee loved family and enjoyed cooking and sewing and never tired of the many ranch tasks. She entertained many friends and visitors to the ranch over the years as everybody was always welcome.

She and Judd both volunteered for the Mohave County Sheriff's Office and Jennielee was one of the first female officers. Later in life, she took pleasure in her many friends, world travels and reading.

Over the years, Jennielee was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Arizona Cattlegrowers Association, Mohave Museum, Cowbells and was honored to have been chosen as Pioneer Woman of the Year in 1999.

She is survived by her loving children, Dan Bishop (Jean) of Chloride and Danielle (Frank) Stephens of Wikieup; her grandchildren, Wade Stephens, Lee Bishop (Persephone), Renee (David) Leisring and Richard Hamilton, all of Kingman; and Rory Bishop (Paula) of Tucson and Marcie (James) Ansell of San Antonio, Texas.

She adored her 17 wonderful great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Among her special friends are Cheryl Ewing and Ruthie Burford as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Irene Cofer; two brothers, Chet and Dale Cofer; and two sisters, Sally Edwards and Laura L. Cofer; and granddaughters, Marilee Stephens Hamilton and Dawna Jean Young.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held Monday, March 31, at St. John's United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., and a celebration of her life will follow at the Kingman Elks Lodge.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to join the family.