Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 31, 2013

Retha Buchanan Copeland

March 7, 1936 - March 27, 2013


— Retha Buchanan Copeland, 77, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Fair Oaks, Calif. She was born March 7, 1936 in Corbin, Ky.,

Retha was known for her intelligence, sense of humor, spirit of adventure, independence, and for her loving focus and attention to her family. She was a continuously involved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She inspired her family and those around her to follow their dreams, their hearts and to explore their full potential. Her life exemplified these traits. As Mom, Gram, and Grammy to her children and their children, she will be sorely missed and eternally loved and cherished by those she brought into this world.

Retha is survived by her daughters, Deborah L. Buchanan Armstrong and Sandra E. Buchanan; her grandchildren, Marissa Rayan Turner, Nicholas A Williams, Alexandra Leigh Damon, Kristen A. Williams, Joseph Buchanan Damon and Riannon A Williams; great-grandsons, Blake Buchanan Turner and Nathaniel Penn Turner; cherished sister, Lena Terrell; and many nieces, nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George W. and Margaret Jones Copeland; her siblings, William Copeland, Lucille Reed, Edith Brown, Luther (Hank) Copeland, George Copeland Jr, Ruth Harris, Ruby Copeland, Imogene Harris and Ralph (Ronnie) Copeland; and her husband, Robert W Buchanan.

A private family service will be held in San Diego, Calif., later this summer.

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