Saturday, February 25, 2012

Family Resemblances article in the Family History Magazine Mar/April 2012

Family History magazine invited it's readers to submit photos where family members had an uncanny resemblance to their ancestors. I submitted a photo of my Dad - James Delos Copeland - along with the family photo of Benjamin Franklin McKay and his wife Margaret McKinlay. Dad's mother (my grandmother) Agnes Elizabeth McKay is in the middle of the photo (she would later marry my grandfather William Quincy Copeland). She is surrounded by her brothers - Donald Robert, Peter Miller, Walter Scott, and Benjamin Franklin JR. It's uncanny how my Dad had a bit of his mother and each of his uncles in his face. Those looks are in my sister Fran's (Francis Ann Copeland Gardner) face, and in her son Delos Thomas Gardner's face. As Delos says, "I have each of their EXPRESSIONS."

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Dorothy E. McKay Schwartz - Rest In Peace

Dorothy E. Schwartz, 95, of Pleasant View Home in Inman, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.

She was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Claflin to Walter and Flossie (Hummel) McKay. She was a graduate of Russell High School.

She married Ralph W. Schwartz on Dec. 14, 1936, in Russell. He preceded her in death April 28, 1998.

Survivors include four children, Dwayne Schwartz, Houston, Dennis Schwartz, Wichita, Donna St. Aubyn, Hutchinson, and Don Schwartz, St. Marys; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and Kenneth McKay.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601; private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Pleasant View Home, 108 N. Walnut, Inman, KS 67546, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family by guestbook at or emailed to
My sister Fran and I met and visited with Dorothy in 2009. She was our late Father's cousin. She actually visited my Uncle's home in Medford OR on the day of Uncle Don's funeral.

When we met, she gazed into our faces and cried because she could see our Father's faces. When we looked in her face, we could see our Father's eyes and the similarity between her face and Father's face.

Walter and Flossie McKay, with their children - Clarence, Kenneth, and Dorothy
What a dear, sweet, strong, and lovely woman Dorothy was. May you rest with the angels and in the arms of our loved ones who have passed on.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Virginia Noble - Rest In Peace

Obituary for Virginia Noble

1923 - 2012

Friday, February 03, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Penwell-Gabel - Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel

2405 Woodland

Coffeyville, KS 67337 620-251-3100


Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Penwell-Gabel - Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel

2405 Woodland

Coffeyville, KS 67337 620-251-3100


Mt Hope Cemetery

Independence, Kansas

Virginia Copeland Noble, 88, of Coffeyville, Kansas suffered a tragic fall on January 13, 2012 and died of massive head injuries January 31, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

She was the daughter of Emery and Mary Clark Copeland, and was born in rural Independence, Kansas, May 6, 1923. She married Frank Noble, June 1965. Virginia graduated from Pittsburgh State College and the University of Wyoming. She taught at Garfield Elementary School from 1945 to 1988 when she retired. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Frank Noble of Bartlett, Ks.

She is survived by her brother, George Copeland and wife, Maxine of Springfield, Missouri. Virginia and Frank were a very special Aunt and Uncle to her nieces, Jeanne James and husband Keith of Springfield, Missouri, Cynthia DeVan and husband, Ken of Leavenworth, Kansas; nephew, Greg Copeland of Plano, Texas; two great nephews; five great nieces and one great-grand nephew.

While in Coffeyville she was active in several community organizations including: Garfield Retired School Personnel, Delta Kappa Gamma, Research Club, Coffeyville Quarterback Club. Friends of Brown Mansion, Methodist United Women and as a Salvation Army Volunteer. She was an avid supporter of the Community College athletics. The family wishes to thank all the friends that sent calls and cards while she was in the hospital.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Penwell-Gabel Ford –Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville, Kansas. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Virginia Noble Teacher Scholarship at Coffeyville Community College 400 West 11th St. or to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.
When I met Virginia in 2009, I interviewed her with my video camera. Tonight I watched that video and had to smile as I listened to her. I asked her to introduce herself and tell me about herself.

Virginia said she was George's little sister.

I asked what she did for a living. She laughed and said, "That's debateable; some people think not much! I showed up every day for work for 45 years. In a classroom of kids. 7 year olds. Never had to watch the clock a day in my life. Time never dragged. I spent one summer working in an office in Denver and I was so bored. I was glad to get back in the classroom."

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