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Originally published: 2013-01-30 14:51:31
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Louise Tadlock Copeland

Louise Tadlock Copeland, social worker, missionary, lifelong volunteer, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother died on Jan. 27, 2013, in Raleigh.

She was 89 years old. Mrs. Copeland was born in Las Cruces, N.M., on June 5, 1923, to John Tadlock and Grace Puckett Tadlock.

She graduated from Northeastern State College in 1944 with a B.S. In 1946, she earned an M.R.E from the Southern Baptist Women's Missionary Union Training School in Louisville, Ky., where she met E. Luther Copeland. They married in 1946.

Appointed by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention as missionaries in 1948, the Copelands moved to Japan in 1949. They returned to the States in 1956, and settled in Wake Forest. In 1969, Mrs. Copeland received her M.S.W. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She worked as a social work supervisor and later chief social worker at John Umstead State Hospital in Butner from 1969 until 1976. She and her husband were re-appointed as missionaries to Japan in 1975. Upon their second retirement from missions in 1980, Mrs. Copeland resumed her career at John Umstead Hospital until her retirement in 1985.

Mrs. Copeland volunteered with Women in Action for the Prevention of Violence and its Causes, Urban Ministries, and a number of civic groups. She was appointed as guardian ad litem for the State of North Carolina from 1989-2001. Mrs. Copeland was actively involved in ministries at First Baptist Church and at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

Mrs. Copeland is survived by five children, Judy Copeland, Joy Lineback and husband, Larry, Beth Copeland and husband, Phil Rech, Rebecca Copeland, and Luke Copeland; six grandchildren, Sarah Vargo, Michael Lineback and wife, Sumi, and daughter, Charlotte, Joseph Vargo, David Lineback, Hannah Copeland, and Ella Copeland; and sisters, Wanda Largent and Betty Turner. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, E. Luther Copeland, and her sister, Winifred Ford.

Memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Feb. 17, 2013, at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Urban Ministries of Wake County, http://www.urbanmin.org, or Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, http://www.pullen.org.