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February 19, 1943 ~ November 20, 2022 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Virginia Copeland moved on from this life at age 79, in her home surrounded by family.
One of thirteen children born to Emil and June Von Merta, she grew up and lived her early years in San Francisco, where she had a short career as a still composite model for Sears and Macy’s. She studied at a local college with a focus on metaphysics. After college she married and had her two oldest children Dino and Kathleen, then later Bruce.
In the late 70’s she relocated to McCurtain County where she started her career at Weyerhaeuser Lumber yard working as a stacker while also serving as the grievance officer. During this time, she met and fell in love with Burl Wayne “Toad” Copeland. They married and remained so until he passed.
Once retiring she continued to volunteer at caring hands at Thanksgiving, the nutrition center, and assisted living at Broken Bow Health & Rehab.
Virginia enjoyed spending time with her family, hosting card games at her home and frequenting the local music halls, where she enjoyed singing with the band and “cutting a rug”. She was a founding member of Main Street Pickers along with her best friend, the late Joan Sheilds.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Buster and June Von Merta; husband, Wayne “Toad” Copeland; great-grandson, Rowdy Brantley and best friend, Joan Shields.
Virginia leaves to cherish her memory her children, Dino Fuente and Karen of LaGrange, CA, Kathleen Jones of Broken Bow and Bruce Diller of Valley Springs, CA; sisters, Carol Veeninga of Petaluma, CA Diane Von Merta of San Jose, CA and Pat Von Merta of San Francisco area; grandchildren, Keanna Almeda, Stevie Brantley (Randall), Autumn Goodro (Pyper), Jada Trigueros (Jesus); great-grandchildren, Tayden, Aayiyah, Miyah, Debrajean, Rita, Anthony, Eric, Via and Tallan; a host of extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, November 25, 2022 at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home.
Funeral Services are set for 2:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home Chapel.