Cherokee-Funeral service for Martha Jeannine Coppock, 84, will be Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Cherokee First United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Duran officiating. Burial will be in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Viewing will be Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. with family present at Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. in Cherokee.
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Martha was born on October 26, 1931 to Joseph and Clara Brown Wells in Monmouth, Illinois and passed from this life November 14, 2015 in Enid. The family moved to Oklahoma before she was one year of age and settled on a farm outside Lahoma. Martha attended Lahoma High School, graduating in 1949. Upon graduating from high school she attended Wesley School of Nursing. After graduating from nursing school in 1952, she started her nursing career at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid. On December 7, 1952, she married the love of her life, Bruce Coppock, in Enid and to this union three children were born.
After their marriage, Martha continued her nursing career in Norfolk, Virginia while Bruce finished his tour of duty with the U. S. Navy. Upon completion of Bruce’s active duty they moved to Cherokee where she worked for over forty years as a nurse at Cherokee and Kiowa, Kansas Hospitals. Martha was an active member of the Cherokee First United Methodist Church.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Eldon Coppock; one son, Bruce Eldon Coppock, Jr.; one daughter, Pamela Jean Theisz; grandchildren, Andria Leah and Sarah Elizabeth Coppock and her parents, Joseph and Clara Wells.
Martha is survived by one son, Keith Coppock and wife, Sherri of Ponca City; one brother, Milton Wells and wife, Lottie of Lahoma; two sisters, Phyllis Wedel of Enid and Janice Wehrman of Lahoma; six grandchildren, Anna Fenner of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Marty Coppock of Midland, Texas, Cassie Copeland and husband, David of Denver, Colorado, Bryan Coppock and wife, Stacy of Kansas City, Missouri, Abbie Applegate of San Diego, California and Courtney Applegate of Denver, Colorado; five great grandchildren, Marcus and Sophie Fenner, Vox and Felix Copeland, Tegan Coppock and many nieces and nephews.
The light of a distant star continues to reach the earth long after the star itself is gone. In the same way, the light and love that Martha gave so many of us will continue to shine in many hearts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Circle of Love or the Veterans of Foreign Wars through Lanman Funeral Home, Inc.
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I want to express my deepest sympathy to Martha's family. Martha was such a sweet person and I loved her dearly. She was not only a coworker, but she was my mentor, as she was one of the wonderful nurses who helped me get through nursing school and taught me so much about nursing. She taught me that taking care of people comes first from the heart and then the mind and talents. She was always so caring and I believe she has been a big part of how I view nursing and life in general. I know she is with Jesus now and I am looking forward to seeing her again in heaven. I love you Martha!
Remembering fondly the old times and adventures. Martha and Bruce extended friendship to all the family, George, Don, Adele, and Mary Brining. We remember the picnics, peanut brittle, and family times. Our hearts go out to Keith and his family. The Coppocks are in our hearts and minds.
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