Mable C. Copeland, patient's aide, dies

She worked at Bayview and Oak Crest

March 02, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Mable C. Copeland, a retired patient's aide who was an active church member, died Feb. 14 of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital. The longtime Northeast Baltimore resident was 79.

The daughter of farmers, Mable Clara Copeland was born and raised in Embro, N.C. She attended John R. Hawkins High School and after the death of her parents moved to Youngstown, Ohio, where she lived with relatives and graduated in 1950 from Rayen High School.

After working in Youngstown for a year, she moved to Baltimore in 1951. From 1963 until retiring in 1993, she was a patient's aide at what is now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Mrs. Copeland returned to work in 1997 when she became a patient's aide at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville. She retired a second time in 2007.

She was a member of Fairfield Baptist Church and St. Paul Baptist Church before becoming a founding member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church on East Oliver Street.

She later joined Grace Memorial Baptist Church, where she taught adult Sunday school classes and was a member of the Golden Disciples Ministry.

Mrs. Copeland was "extremely proud and honored to be a 1999 graduate of the Baltimore Bible College," said her daughter, Angela Ross of Baltimore.

The Hartsvale Road resident enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends. She was also an avid reader and traveler.

Services were held Feb. 22 at her church.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include her husband of 35 years, Arthur C. Grigsby, a retired Baltimore City Jail sergeant; two sons, William H. Copeland Jr. of Forest Hill and Manley Douglas Copeland Sr. of Baltimore; a sister, Viola Pearl Parker of Portsmouth, Va.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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