Mary Copenhaver Maclin

August 1, 1928November 12, 2021

Mary Copenhaver Maclin, known affectionately to her family as Mère Mère, passed away on November 12, 2021 at the age of 93. She was born in Abingdon, VA on August 1, 1928 to the late William (Pappy) and Mary (Boly) Copenhaver. Mary attended Mary Washington College in Fredricksburg, VA and graduated from Women’s College (UNC-Greensboro) in 1951. Mary loved her family, traveling, gardening, reading, tennis, giving gifts and sending cards for all occasions to family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her adoring daughters, Reade Rowe (Alan) and Caroline Key (Tim) and four grandchildren whom she greatly loved, Jonathan Rowe, Mary Louise Rowe, Andrew Key (Julia) and Daniel Key (Ally). In addition to her parents, her sister Betty preceded her in death.

Her life will be celebrated at 11 AM, Monday, November 15 at Hanes-Lineberry North Elm Chapel. Memorial contributions may be directed to Friends Homes Guilford, 925 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410 or the charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to thank the nursing and support staff of Friends Homes for the wonderful care given to Mary. Online condolences may be offered at


  • William (Pappy) and Mary (Boly) Reade Copenhaver, Parents (deceased)
  • Reade Rowe and husband Alan, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Caroline Key and husband Tim, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Jonathan Rowe, Mary Rowe, Andrew Key (Julia) and Daniel Key (Ally), Grandchildren
  • Betty Triplett, Sister (deceased)

  • Friends Homes at Guilford


  • Memorial Service

    Monday, November 15, 2021


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Debra Southern

November 15, 2021

I only had to meet Mary one time to see that she was such a sweet dear lady. My heart aches for the loved ones she is leaving behind.
I know how much she meant to Caroline and her Sister. I know they will have nothing but loving memories of their Mother.

Terry Lowdermilk

November 15, 2021

My hearts and Prayers are with Reade and her family. I have known the family since the mid 1970's, and Mary was always a wonderful person to know. As a young person, she was always gracious to me. After going into my design business and seeing her at Smith Furniture and Gifts, she was always so nice and gracious. Such a wonderful person. Lovely. I know she will be greatly missed by family and friends. I am sorry that a prior commitment will keep me from attending her service. My thoughts and prayer are with the family.

Terry Lowdermilk

Waite Maclin

November 14, 2021

How can one express fully what Mary has meant to all of us? Her clarity in expression, her fierce loyalty to those she loved, her breadth of knowledge coming from reading and understanding so many different perspectives, enabled all of us to expand our lives beyond every possibility.

I remember many things about Mary, but above all her loving, gentle and encompassing passion for any snd all ideas, people snd living creatures.

I will always cherish those long and fascinating conversations in her back yard, enhanced by delicious cocktails.

She was the sister I always longed for!

May I add that Mary’s strength of character and accepting of others was a marvel, she having lived with snd thriving among us, the Maclin’s, for all those years:) No Easy Task!:-)

I am more and more missing and loving Mary every day..


Caroline Goddard

November 13, 2021

Reade and Caroline,

Mom and I are so sorry for your loss. No matter your age it is so hard to lose a parent. As Mom and I were talking about Mary, Mom mentioned how she always saw her as a "gracious Southern Lady". She will live on in your hearts and memories. We look forward to hearing more stories about her when we see you both again.
Much love to you all