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Gladys Beatrice Coppinger passed away in Arlington, Texas, on June 21, 2017, at the age of 92.
Bea was born in the farming community of Celeste, Texas, on Oct. 4, 1924, to Myrtle Nix Ray and Ben F. Ray, and attended school in Floyd. She married Douglas Coppinger in 1945, and the couple remained married for 67 years until Douglas' death in 2013. While primarily a homemaker and Southern cook extraordinaire, she also worked at a military uniform factory in Greenville during World War II, as a sales person at J.C. Penney Inwood Village, and for several years as an admissions interviewer at Children's Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The couple lived in Houston, San Antonio and in Dallas since 1962.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers Guy Ray, Norris Ray, Ellis Ray, John L. Ray, B.F. Ray, Morris Ray, Byron Johnson,and W.J. Johnson; and sisters Joyce Ray Smith, Ida Belle Ray Walker, Lois Ray, Irene Johnson Wright, Inez Johnson Taft, Ira Johnson Glasscock, Janice Ray Pittman and Leon Ray.
She is survived by son Stan Coppinger and wife Mary of Austin and their children, Kingsley Coppinger of Austin, Juliet Coppinger of Little Rock; daughter Glonda Haston of Arlington; her son, Zack Haston and wife Pam of Mansfield and six great-grandchildren.
She was a caring soul who gave freely of her love. She attended Royal Haven Baptist Church in Dallas.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 26, in the Coker-Mathews Funeral Home chapel in Greenville with Rev. Jack Shelton officiating. Interment will follow at Wieland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Kingsley Coppinger, Zack Haston, Ryan Haston, Daniel Haston, Josh Haston and Paul Coppinger.
Published on June 23, 2017
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