Meadville Tribune

November 16, 2012

Deveda F. Copeland

Meadville Tribune

GERRY, N.Y. — Deveda F. Copeland, 88, of Heritage Village in Gerry, N.Y., died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at the Rehab and Skilled Nursing facility.

Born Oct. 12, 1924, in Meadville, she was a daughter of the late Prentice Sr. and Cena Wolfe Copeland.

She was graduated from Meadville High School in 1942, Transylvania Bible School in 1946, and Jamestown General Licensed Practical Nursing program in 1969.

In Pennsylvania, she pastored at Free Methodist Churches in Robinson from 1946 to 1948 and Little Brownfield from 1949 to 1950.

She came to Gerry in 1951, where she was first employed at the Children’s Home and then the Gerry Homes until Sellew Memorial was built, serving as a nurse’s aid in the infirmary and then at Heritage Village Health Care Center as an LPN until retiring in 1989.

Deveda was a member of the Gerry Free Methodist Church for over 60 years, serving in many ministries including adult Sunday school teacher and children’s church and missions. She was a member of the Gerry WCTU since 1953 and had served as a local, district and state officer for many years, including New York State Treasurer and Promotion Director.

She was also a member, New York State director and camp nurse of the LTL, preached on several occasions at the Deer Creek United Methodist Church Harvest Home Day Celebration and had also led Wednesday night prayer services at Heritage Village where she became a resident in 1996 and was active on the Resident’s Advisory Council.

She loved being with children. She was also a member of the Rodeo City Senior Citizens.

She was a sister of Prentice (Marie) Copeland Jr. of Saegertown, Ernest (Joyce) Copeland and Cena Ritteger, all of Meadville, and the late Clarence Copeland and Clara Stoops. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in Seeley Auditorium, Heritage Village Campus, with one hour of visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Kiser Hill Cemetery, Meadville.

Memorials may be made to Heritage Village.

Arrangements are under the direction of Jordan Funeral Home, Sinclairville, N.Y.