Obituary of Marla Beth Kopel |

Obituary of Marla Beth Kopel

After a long courageous battle against metastatic melanoma, our beloved Marla passed away on April 23, 2016, in her home in Cameron Park, CA. She was 57.

She was born in Bakersfield, CA on March 27, 1959. Marla grew up in a house full of her siblings, Ellyn, Robyn, Andrew, Dede and Stacy.

Marla was full of life and love. Everyone who knew her was touched by her generosity, compassion and incredible sense of humor. Marla cared about people, animals and the environment. She helped and encouraged those around her and tried to live her life by setting an example for others.

Most of all Marla loved her daughters Jessika and Sierra. In addition to her family and friends, Marla’s passions included travel, art, and good movies. Marla was a talented artist who expressed herself through her work as a hairdresser and more recently as a painter. She would say that the “therapy sessions” included in her hair appointments were just a bonus.

Marla knew and critiqued every movie, knowing all the actors and directors. She particularly loved foreign films, which is not surprising since she had traveled to six of the seven continents. Marla was adventurous in all she did and was proud that she was not afraid to go experience the world.

Marla leaves behind her cherished daughters, Sierra Elkins Hunter and Jessika Kopel; grandson, Kailer, her mother, siblings, in-laws, and her extended family of cousins, nephews and nieces; her son-in-law Jake Hunter, plus several close friends who will miss her dearly.

Per her request, Marla’s life will be celebrated at a small “Caribbean-themed” memorial gathering with her extended family. In memory of Marla, donations may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area or Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County.

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