Mary Inez (Turnipseed) Copeland


Mary Inez (Turnipseed) Copeland passed away early Monday morning, Nov. the 13 in Olympia, WA after a long-time battle with heart disease. 

Mary was born in 1939 in Aliceville, Alabama to Lois and Thomas Turnipseed. Though Mary moved with her family to Wenatchee, Washington at the age of 14, she always considered Aliceville her hometown. The south was very dear to her and she was a true southern belle. 

Mary met her husband, Robert Copeland in 1960. They had their first date at the Windmill restaurant in Wenatchee. They were married Feb. 3, 1961. Robert and Mary moved to the greater Seattle area, where they raised three children Doug, Keith, and Shelly-who consider Mary to have been “the best mom ever.”  Mary was a wonderful homemaker as well as bookkeeper to the family business. In 1991, Bob and Mary moved to a beautiful home overlooking the water on Willapa Bay. Mary loved it there. She opened an antique store and enjoyed collecting antiques at auctions and while traveling. 

Mary absolutely loved to travel whether it was driving across the country in the motor home, or touring through Europe. She also loved to ski and hike in her younger years. Mary had spent a lot of time hiking with her dear friends Jane and Lynn and was very happy being in the mountains. Traveling, visiting with family and friends, and spending time with her children and grandchildren were some of the most important things to Mary. She was known to her granddaughters as Mimi and was the most loving and wonderful grandmother imaginable. Recently, her first great granddaughter was born, and it was very special to Mary to be able to meet her. 

Mary is survived in death by her husband Robert Copeland of Bay Center, her three children Doug Watson of Leavenworth, Keith Watson of Bay Center, Shelly Swanson of Leavenworth, Grandchildren Karly, Gianna and Alex, and one Great Granddaughter Skyelar; her sister Betty Cummings of Memphis, Tennessee and brother Thomas Turnipseed of San Jose, California.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at Wards Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth WA. 

Cremation arrangements were in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Washington. You may visit to leave condolences for the family.


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