Major Dawn Kop was Promoted to Glory from Epworth Hospital (Vic.) on Saturday 10 October 2020. She was 87 years old.
Margaret ‘Dawn’ Fell left the Launceston Corps (Tas.) in 1955 to join the Soul Winners session of cadets at The Salvation Army Training College, Melbourne. Upon Commissioning, Dawn was appointed as Assistant Corps Officer at Sandringham Corps (Vic.) and as was usual in those days, Dawn had six appointments in her first six years of ministry. From Sandringham, she went to Kyabram (Vic.), Kilburn (SA), Hillcrest Out Post (SA), Port Augusta (SA), and then Divisional Helper in Northern Victoria Division (1961-65). In 1966, she returned to Tasmania as Divisional Helper (1966-68), and then Divisional Secretary (1969-71).
In 1972, Dawn relocated back to Victoria to take up the first in a series of appointment at THQ. These were the Finance Department (1972-77), Territorial Auditor (1978-83), Social Trust Accountant, Finance Department (1984-5), and Chief Accountant, Finance Department (April 1986). In October 1987, Dawn accepted an appointment as Financial Secretary, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory, which she held until the end of 1991, before returning to Australia Southern Territory for her final appointment as Assistant Secretary for Business Administration (1992).
Major Dawn Fell retired on 1 March 1993 after 37 years of faithful service to God and The Salvation Army.
In retirement, Dawn met and married Major Matthew Kop, getting with him a ‘ready-made’ family of his four grown children – Adrian, Peter, Raelyne, and Major Mark, their partners and children. Days of retirement for Dawn and Matthew consisted of her work with the Bible Society, significant involvement at the Thornbury Corps and many other opportunities to use her unique skills and to build the Kingdom of God.
Our love, sympathy and prayers are with Major Matthew Kop, Adrian, Peter, Mark, Raelyne, their families, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as the many friends honouring Dawn’s life. May God bring comfort to those who mourn her passing, confident in the knowledge that Dawn is now with her Lord and Saviour.
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever”(Psalm 16:11).
The funeral service for Major Dawn Kop will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 14 October 2020, at Camberwell Corps, to be conducted by Captain Lilian Platts (invitation only).