Linda Copeland

February 26, 1942December 24, 2020

Linda Copeland, a child of God, lived her life in love and in service to others. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher and friend. Linda was born on February 26, 1942 in Eldorado, Arkansas to Mary Sue Blair and William Archie Blair. She passed to eternity with family by her side on Thursday, December 24, 2020. Linda grew up in Arkansas and was a graduate of Smackover High School. Her family moved to Monahans in 1959. Linda met the love of her life, Charles Copeland, when Linda’s aunt introduced them. They married on March 21, 1964.

Linda is survived by her husband Charles Copeland, daughter Michelle Copeland of Odessa, brother Don Blair and wife Sue of Canyon Lake, sisters-in-law Kaye Blair of Odessa and Sue Copeland of Fort Worth, her aunt and numerous cousins, loving nieces and nephews, “adopted” grandchildren, and many friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, grandparents, son Ronald Blake Copeland, and brother Douglas Earl Blair.

Linda’s gentle spirit and kind heart drew everyone she met to her. She always had time for whoever needed a laugh, a hug, or just someone to talk to. She enjoyed gospel music and loved playing piano in her church while growing up as well as with her preschool students at school. After marriage, Linda and Charles raised two wonderful children and were very involved in all of their activities. She was also part owner of a bakery in Odessa, Precious Moments. Baking for her family and friends made her very happy.

Linda suffered with a lung disease for many years, which hindered her quality of life immensely. She bravely fought and never gave up, no matter how sick she was. Even through losing her son, she fought to stay healthy. Despite her illness, she enjoyed life to the fullest.

Some of her favorite things in life were eating popcorn, Dairy Queen blizzards with Charles, and keeping up with family and friends by texting and sending funny memes. Michelle and Linda would text and make each other giggle daily.

Besides spending time with family and friends, Linda loved to teach children. She influenced the lives of countless young children while teaching preschool for over 30 years. Linda taught many of the children in Odessa at one time or another. She loved every child she taught and they all loved Mrs. Copeland. She will forever be remembered by all of them. Linda took every kid she met into her heart and “adopted” several throughout the years.

She is dearly missed by her loved ones who celebrate the fact that she is healthy, happy, and home with God.

Private graveside services will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa on December 31, 2020. A celebration of Linda’s life will be scheduled when it is safe for family and friends to gather.

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Polly Baulch Salyards

December 31, 2020

Linda was my mother’s,Frankie Baulch, dearest friend. They spent many years teaching children about God’s love as only God loving Faith believing women could do. Mother awaits her arrival in Heaven. Prayers for the family

Marilyn Young

December 30, 2020

Charles & Michelle, I have the fondest memories of Linda. She was truly one of the sweetest ladies I have known. I loved working with her at FBC Child Development Center, where you could see her love of all the children she taught. She was always such an encourager and everyone loved working with her. She will be greatly missed! You and Michelle are in our prayers!🙏❤️🙏❤️

Ava Reis

December 30, 2020

I have had many teaching positions, but working with Linda at First Baptist Odessa was truly one of the best! She loved our little pre-schoolers, and they felt that love. Charles and Michelle, I am praying for you.

Jeanie Finn

December 30, 2020

Charles and Michelle Linda was one of sweetest and kindest women I ever knew. Working with her at FBC/CDC holds precious memories of her for me. She was indeed a loving and caring individual. She will greatly be missed. She touched many lives!
Praying for you both.

jo ann owens

December 30, 2020

My dear sweet cousin i miss your beautiful heart and smile already. We spent many summers in Arkansas roaming and playing in the woods You made our childhood so very special I watched your unwavering faith through many tragedies because you lived your complete faith in our God. You fought the good fight and i look forward to seeing you again in our Fathers kingdom. Michelle my prayers are for you and charles, don and sue at this most difficult time remember we are only a phone call away love you all

JoAnn McComack

December 30, 2020

Oh so sorry to hear of Ms. Copeland’s passing. I so enjoyed working with her at First Baptist CDC..she loved each and every child. God certainly shinned through her. Thankful she was in my life.