Beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went to be home with her Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, February 19, 2012, in Blanco, Texas, at the age of 93. She was in the company of family, as she died at home due to natural causes. Jerry, as she was known throughout the Blanco community, was born on December 28, 1918, in Presidio, Texas. She was the second of three daughters born to Dr. George and Myrtle Candlin.
Her family moved to Laredo, Texas, where she graduated high school. She studied library science at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. On December 31, 1939, Jerry married her beloved husband, Benjamin Maurice “Reese” Copeland, in Ft. Worth, Texas. She and Reese first moved to the Blanco area after Reese’s return from serving in World War II in the mid-1940s. They were dairy farmers for many years before moving back to the Ft. Worth area. She and Reese returned to the family farm just outside Blanco in 1978, where she lived out the remainder of her life. Jerry was preceded in death by her husband Reese in October of 1989.
Jerry’s life was best defined by her humble spirit and undeniable servant’s heart. She was beloved by all who came to know her, and she spent a lifetime serving others. This often revolved around cooking, and began at an early age, preparing meals for family and friends. Her demonstration of God’s command for us to love others was not limited to the kitchen, and she has always been faithful in putting others above herself. It was a practice she would carry with her throughout her life, serving her local community through volunteering at the Blanco Good Samaritan Center and the Blanco Library, as well as being an active member of the Chimney Valley Extension Education Association and the Blanco Art Club, where she helped host the annual Blanco Art Show. Jerry also served and attended at All Faiths Chapel for many years, and most recently was an integral member of the Joy Class at First Baptist Church, Blanco.
She also loved reading, was an accomplished gardener in both vegetables and flowers, and even spent time as a wholesale florist. Nowhere was her love more apparent than in her own family. She was blessed to have nearly every member of her immediate family living in the Blanco area. She is survived by her two sisters, Dorothy “Dot” Warrington and Omce Depew; her two children, son, Benjamin “Ben” Copeland and his wife Kathee, and daughter, Nancy Champion and her husband Don; two grandsons, Craig Copeland and Chris Champion, whose wife Dawn served as her primary care-giver during her final weeks at home; and three great-grandchildren, Ashton Schutza of College Station, Texas, and Brett and Christyn Champion.
Perhaps the most compelling testimony of her life lived serving others is that, despite our best efforts, God’s perfection requires payment for all our sins. It took 92 years, but last December God’s saving grace finally pushed open the door of her heart and she received the gift of salvation, believing in her heart and confessing with her mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord!
The family would like to thank the wonderful First Baptist Church family, along with Crofts Funeral Home for all of their support. We would also like to extend our deepest, heart-felt appreciation to all of the loving and caring servants at Hill Country Memorial Hospice, most especially Denise Hawkins, RN, and our medical aide Monica. Serenity, Sharron, Lisa, Jack, and chaplain William – thank you all for taking such great care of our entire family.
Finally the family prays you will join us for a celebration of her life and memorial service to be held 11:00am on Friday, February 24, 2012, at First Baptist Church Blanco, 1200 4th St., Blanco, Texas 78606. There will be a reception for all family and friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation of cash or non-perishable food items to Blanco Good Samaritan Center, 620 Pecan St, Blanco, Texas 78606, 830-833-5269.