Mary Ellen Copeland Amos

August 5, 1929May 11, 2019

Mary Ellen Copeland Amos was born on August 5, 1929 on Chattanooga, TN. She was the daughter of the late Calvin C. Copeland and Bertie Marie Atkins.

A Valedictorian of her high school in Newton, NC, Mary Ellen received her AA (Summa Cum Laude) from Brevard College.

Mary Ellen married Edison M. Amos on May 28, 1949 at the Methodist Parsonage in Brevard, NC. They have three children, Edison Michael Amos (deceased 2004); Dr. Marie Allen Amos Dobyns; Tori M. Amos Hawley; daughter is law, Debbie Sehman Amos; and son in law, Mark Hawley. There are 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and one more expected in the Fall.

Mary Ellen excelled in the English language. She corrected all of Edison's papers in college for his MA degree at Emory University, STM and Doctor of Divinity at Boston University. Subsequently, She corrected several papers for the Grands.

Mary worked in several jobs to help Edison in school. She was the assistant secretary to the dean of Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Mary Ellen served in several churches which Edison served over a period of 42 years. She was very active in supporting the mission work of women. She was the hostess for young people in Georgetown, Washington DC. Her total portrait is given in Proverbs 31: 10-31. Mary was an excellent Bible student and her bible is filled with many marks and comments.

Mary's stroke occurred on January 9, 2017 which left her paralyzed on the right side. While she seemed to understand, she was left unable to speak.

In these twilight years, Mary can be seen in John's Gospel, Chapter 21, where Jesus asked Peter three times, "Do you love me?". Peter answered 3 times, "Thou knowest I love thee."

Likewise Mary, in her quiet way, is showing her love for Jesus and sharing her love with those who care for her-especially her husband and all of the Grands and Greats.

Some day like Enoch, God will take her home.


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Margaret Urquhart

May 20, 2019

My memory of Mary Amos was watching an interview of she & her husband ( tho Mary did most the talking ha ha ha) Ab daughter Tori before a concert Tori was ab to do. Mary has a way of expressing herself that held your interest. Now she’s at peace. She’s in Good hands. And I bet talking up a storm I bet. I was blessed with identical twin daughters in 2001. Tori was expecting Tash as I were my twins. I was told one of my twins would not survive after their birth. I had already named her Tori and her sister Kai during my pregnancy. Well my Tori did survive! I played & sang Tori’s songs throughout my pregnancy. Specially at night (while trying to get my huge belly situated) Id find a comfortable position & sing calming songs like Winter. Now my twins listen to and hv for 18+ yrs Tori’s music. And my Tori knows she is named after Mary’s daughter. They were born with ginger colored hair & still have it. All 3 generations of Mary’s beautiful mouth passed down to Tori , then to Tash. My parents are still alive. Married nearly 60 years. I hope Marys family are sharing all the good times & feelings Mary brought them. Bless you all. I’ll check in again to read some shares & find a pic of my Tori and sister Kai to share. Margaret in So California

David Menke

May 19, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to all of you. A fan of Tori since 1996, I love watching the Welcome to Sunny Florida interview with her and her husband. I can only imagine what a blessing it must have been to be loved by her. Prayers, thoughts and hugs to all of you!

Kelly Gordon

May 17, 2019

With fond memories of Mrs. Amos and my deepest condolences to all who loved her. My most notable encounter was just before I finished nursing school; she was inquisitive and supportive during a tough time in life, and her graciousness will always be remembered. She is a lovely soul, and the angels are happy to welcome her home.

Rob St. Pierre

May 17, 2019

My condolences to the entire Amos Family. I don't know what to say, but I do know your grief is immeasurable. How could it not be with a person as amazing as this? To the Amos Family, I just want to say this. When we see someone we love that's suffering, we might think, "I would change places with you to take away your pain." I think I can empathize. I hope I am wording this right. Many many tears, but she is at Peace! I know that doesn't make it easier for you, I understand! I hope all of you have all the happiness in the world, but when that day comes, she will come running to you to welcome you to that Peace. My Best to all of you and to her.

Alexis F

May 17, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I was never able to meet Mary Ellen, but I remember hearing stories about how kind she was. I have listened to her daughter's music for many years and it helped me through losing my father, and so many other dark and difficult times. Sending so much love to the Amos family and all of Mary Ellen's loved ones.

Josh England

May 16, 2019

My condolences to the family for your loss. I met Mary in Roanoke VA in 1996 at one of Tori’s shows. She was so kind to me. A beautiful spirit. I will always remember her eyes and smile. May she rest in peace.

Cascadia Joon

May 15, 2019

Dear Family:

I am a fan of Tori and have been since 1992. As stated, many of us fans got to know Mary through Tori. I have read about and seen this beautiful woman's actions and adorable grin throughout the years. I wish I had the words for Pastor and for Tori, and for all of the family, the perfect, warmest, comforting of words possible. Please know that I am praying for you all during this time, and I send vibes of solace and warm blankets of comfort your way, you precious precious people. You are SO loved in more ways than one. This is not the end. You will see Mary again. God bless you. I love you all so much. I don't have to know you to love you. -Cascadia Eve Joon

Carl Amos

May 15, 2019

To Dr. Edison Amos and Family,
Please accept my most humble and deepest sympathy in the loss of the Matriarch of your Family: your Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, long time Companian, Guide, and Best Friend. Surely she is in heaven now. I like to think of the 23rd Psalm.
Bear up and in time your heart will heal and seal inside the memory and love to comfort you.
Wishing you peace, comfort, and hope,
Carl Amos

Celine Wachter

May 15, 2019

My deepest,heartfelt sympathy goes to Brother Ed and the family I have been a friend of the family for over 50 years We met at Epworth United Methodist Chapel Mary Ellen’s smile and sparkling eyes radiated God’s love and caring whenever you were in her precense I treasure the times I drove them to Florida and their family farm and the religious retreats in New York At the retreat everyone was referred to as brother or sister Hence I continued calling them Brother Ed and Sister Mary .Sister Mary loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart and soul She was one of God’s angels on earth Her knowledge of the holy scriptures was amazing and when visiting with them we had morning devotions and my spiritual life was always enhanced Sister Mary was always thankful for God’s blessings in her life. I pray I can continue to share God’s love by my actions and words as she did Sister Mary’s memory will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate to have known her. Sister Mary is rejoicing now because she can sing again and talk and she is with her son,Mike and her beloved parents Glory be to God

Erik De Bruyne

May 15, 2019

Had the honor of meeting you a few times. Especially when you sat behind me at The Royal Albert Hall. We had a long talk. I enjoyed every second of our talk. You were so nice..and had all the time in the world for me. I've treasured these memories since. Rest in peace Mary.