Mable ‘Jeanette’ Barker Copeland, 99, nurse who volunteered as a missionary

Mable 'Jeanette' Barker Copeland
Mable ‘Jeanette’ Barker Copeland

Mable ‘Jeanette’ Barker Copeland, 99, was born May 25, 1920, to George and Mable Barker in Hertford County, North Carolina. She went to our Lord Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. She formerly lived on Gretna Road, Virginia Beach.

Her siblings were Rosenelle Clark of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Felton Barker of North Port, Florida, and Shirley Barker of Camden, North Carolina. Jeanette graduated from high school in 1937. She graduated from Norfolk General Hospital School of
Nursing in 1940. She married Richard C. Copeland on Feb. 15, 1940. Richard was in the National Guard and because of the war was activated into the regular U.S. Army. He was transferred to Fort Meade, Maryland, where Jeanette then went to work in Washington, D.C., on the OB floor at Garfield Hospital taking care of the wives of the diplomats from foreign countries.

Jeanette would work private duty while her daughters were young and returned to nursing full time as a head nurse at Lake Taylor for several years. Jeanette was also very involved in mission work, sewing teddy bears for CHKD and the local hospitals. She also enjoyed making infant receiving blankets for local needs. She was a member of Virginia Heights Baptist Church (New Heights Fellowship), where she had served as a deacon’s wife, bible school teacher, assistant hostess, assistant secretary and served with the baptism

Jeanette is survived by two daughters, Gail (Sandy) Hall of Leesville, South Carolina, Angie and Bill Rogers of Virginia Beach; two grandsons, Danny (Jessica) Lazar of Katy, Texas, and Matthew (Dana) Stone of Mebane North Carolina; two granddaughters, Kristy (Nick) Louka and Candice (Thomas) Keen of Chesapeake; two step-grandchildren, Wade (Sandra) Hall and Jason (Allison) Hall of Leesville, South Carolina; five great-grandsons, Britton F. Stone Jr., Aaron Sacra-Lazar, Trevor D. Lazar, Malakee T. Stone, Carter T. Keen, and step-Giobonne Garrison, Elijah Hall and Elijsha Hall. Five great granddaughters Kristen E. Stone, Victoria G. Lazar, Taylor N. Louka, Ava H. Louka, Stella A. Keen, and step-Lori R. Hall; two nieces, Marcia (Ronnie) Blaine of Ashville, North Carolina, and Debbie Ray of Chesapeake; and one nephew, Danny (Cindy) Barker of Brunswick, Georgia.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care and her private care aids for their loving care along with their dedication and devotion.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 2, at New Heights Fellowship, Kempsville Road, Norfolk.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CHKD, Freda H. Gordon or New Heights Fellowship.

Share online condolences with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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