Glenda Sue Dean Copeland, 83 years old, born to Clarence Vernon Dean and Mary Myrtle Tidwell Dean on July 28th, 1937 in Quinton, Oklahoma, went to be with her Savior on January 6, 2021. When Glenda was a 3-year-old girl, her father’s work brought her to Dumas, Texas where she spent the majority of her life deeply ingrained into the community. Glenda graduated from Dumas High School in 1955. Two short years later, she married Orville Copeland, who was the new football coach in town, and they set their roots and started a family. After having her own babies, Glenda decided to follow her true passion to serve and teach children.
In 1974, she graduated from West Texas State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She started as a 2nd-grade teacher and soon switched to special education starting the first class for students with learning disabilities at Morningside Elementary. While serving as a special education teacher, Glenda noticed that these kids needed a fighter in their corner, she went back to college to become their champion. In 1984, she graduated with her Masters of Education Degree and proceeded to serve as an Educational Diagnostician. Until her retirement in 2000, she continued to fight and root for the underdog. Glenda changed numerous struggling children’s lives throughout her career.
If you knew her, you know she was full of life, presented a fiery spirit, possessed a heart of gold, and maintained a fist of steel. She loved harder than anyone and devoted her life to her kids, grandkids, and the Lord. Growing up she was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Dumas where her father was a founding member. Later, she became a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught the High School Girls Sunday School Class for several years. Glenda spent her last years living in Amarillo, TX where she spent retirement dedicated to her grandchildren’s activities serving as the biggest cheerleader, and eventually celebrated the birth of her great-grandkids. She will rest in peace knowing that each of her grandkids believed they were her favorite.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and husband, Orville Copeland.
She is survived by her brother, Charlie Dean and wife Carol of Plano, TX; her children: Race Copeland of Amarillo, TX, Sonya Womack and husband Eddie of Tulia, TX, Barry Copeland and wife Tamra of Canyon, TX; her grandchildren: Brittany Payne and husband Jason of Idalou, TX, Austin Copeland and wife Kimnhu of Longview, TX, Blane Womack of San Antonio, TX, Camron Copeland of Amarillo, TX, Brennen Copeland of Canyon, TX; and 3 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 9, 2021, in the Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox. Burial will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.
Viewing will be available from 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Friday, January 8, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Dumas, 500 N. Maddox.