MRS. CARRIE CUSTER COPELAND
The Chariton Patriot, 15 April 1920, Page 1
As noted in the paper last week Mrs. Carrie Custer Copeland, widow of
H.D. Copeland, died suddenly on Tuesday evening, April 6 (1920), about 7
o’clock following an attack of apoplexy. She had been in her ususal
health until a few hours before she passed away and her demise was a
great shock to the family and entire community.
Carrie Custer was the only daughter of J.B. and Susanna Millen Custer,
who were pioneers of Lucas county, coming here in 1849, and settling in
Liberty township and later coming to Chariton.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Custer were of Revolutionary stock. Both were born in
Virginia and were descendants of colonists, Mr. Custer of Governor
Spotswood, the first governor of Virginia, and from the Virginia family
of Lees, and Mrs. Custer came from the Fairfax family. No wonder the
wine of adventure mingled in their blood and prompted them to seek a
home and brave the hardships of a pioneer life in a new region.
It was here in Chariton that their daughter was born and reared to
womanhood and here on January 25th, 1877, occurred her marriage to H. D.
Copeland, who died in April 1910.
Mrs. Copeland was educated in the public schools of Chariton and the
state normal school at Kirksville, Mo., where she specialized in music,
her especial solace and delight, and her sweet singing voice will be
remembered by early members of St. Andrew’s church, where she sang in
the choir for years, and of which organization she was a devoted member
from early life. She was also a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood; of the
History Club and the Clio Club and had served as president of each; a
member of the D.A.R. whom she served as regent; was supreme treasurers
of the Homesteaders Fraternal Insurance company; and was a zealous
worker for the Red Cross in making surgical dressings and the making of
garments and in knitting. In all these activities she will be missed,
but most and beyond all she will be missed by her immediate family, for
her death closes to them a life of rare devotion and loyalty. Her care
for her aged mother, whose span of years far exceeded the natural course
of human life, was unselfish and untiring. No day was too cold or too
hot to prevent her giving the aged one the outing she craved; and no
engagement too pressing to deprive her mother of her presence. No task
too hard if it kept her interested or happy.
To her brothers, William, Stanton, and James Custer, of Chariton, her
loss is a very sad one, for she was all the invalid one says in his
plaintive moan, “Such a good sister.”
Her son, Howard C. Copeland, of Chariton, and her daughter, Mrs. Chas.
Whitcher of Des Moines, to whom she had been both father and mother
since the father’s demise, have the sympathy of all in the community.
Those in attendance from out of town were: Bishop Henry Sherman Longley
and Mrs. Longley, Mrs. Jas.L. Callahan, Mrs. Paul Beers, Mrs. Kate
Gleason, Mrs. Louise Dalin, Mrs.Dora Custer, Miss Alice Brown Custer,
Miss Anna Laura Copeland; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Green, Mr. and Mrs. A.H.
Corey, W.L. Snider, J.R. Howard, F.H. Dewey, all of Des Moines; Mrs.
Grace Harlan Snider of Hazelton, N. Dakota; Miss Hattie Millen of
Kirksville, Mo.; T.G. Gilson of Knoxville, Iowa.
The pall bearers were R. R. Van Dyke, Sr., Howard Culbertson, H. Darrah,
L. H. Busselle, W. H. Dewey and T. G. Gilson.
The music was by the ladies quartette --- Miss McIntyre, Mrs. Cornforth,
Mrs. Stricklin and Mrs.Hoskins, accompanied by Miss Merle Swift. They
sang by her request the hymns “Come Ye Disconsolate” and “Peace,
Perfect Peace.” Miss McIntyre sang as a solo, “Just As I Am Without
Bishop Longley conducted the beautiful and impressive burial service of
the Episcopalian church at the G.W.Larimer home on Friday afternoon at
1:30 o’clock, after which the remains were placed in the Copeland
mausoleum in the Chariton cemetery.