Helen P. Copeland, 93, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System, surrounded by her family.
She was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Allen County, the daughter of Velma (Severns) and Don Hardin, who preceded her in death. On April 27, 1945, she married Richard R. Copeland, and he died March 14, 2001.
Surviving is a son, Larry (Mary) Copeland, of Wapakoneta; two daughters, Jane (Roger) Kline, of Ashville, Karen (Bill) Copeland Simons, of Columbus; six grandchildren, Scott (Kara) Copeland, Kimberly (Greg) Bader, Bradley Copeland, Stacy (Brian) Herrel, Carrie (Steve) Kline Moore, and Jeffrey (Kim Wheeler) Kline; five step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight step-great grandchildren; three brothers, Donald (Mary Ann) Hardin, of Mitchell, Ind., Russell (Delores) Hardin, of Lima, and Harold (Joyce) Hardin, of Columbus; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Joan Copeland; and a sister, Irene Trout.
She was a 1935 graduate of Shawnee High School and a 1943 graduate of Ohio Northern University with a bachelor of science degree in Education. She taught for 28 years at several local schools, retiring from United Local Elementary School in 1978, where she had worked for 12 years. She was a long- time member of Mount Tabor United Methodist Church. She was also a life member and former president of the Auglaize County Retired Teachers Association, and a life member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. An organizing member of the Susanna Russell Chapter of the D.A.R., she was a member of the Farm Bureau, the Wapakoneta Womanâ€™s Club, the Auglaize County Cancer Board, and the Auglaize Co. Homemakerâ€™s Club. She volunteered for 29 years at Lima Memorial Health System.
Helen worked with her husband Richard on the farm and was active in her church. She enjoyed traveling, but most especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Services are at 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, State Route 501, Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Michael Westbay officiating. Burial is to follow in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery, in Gutman.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be directed to the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.