Beatrice Copeland

  • Born: January 23, 1923
  • Died: January 21, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

... she "loved living" ...

Beatrice Copeland, age 95, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 in San Antonio. Born in Falls City, TX to Peter Paul and Hedwig Morawietz, Bea spent most of her adult life in San Antonio. She loved God, people, animals, clocks, traveling, and classical music, and a few months before she died, she said that she "loved living." This was proven by her month in Italy, month in Africa on safari, and 2 weeks in the wild in Alaska in her 80's and 90's.

Bea was a devout life-long Catholic and long-time member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, but sang in the Trinity Baptist Choir as a support for her husband in his faith. She would attend Mass on Saturday evening so she could accompany her husband to his church on Sunday morning. She also sang with the Sonshine Singers. When her eyesight failed, she sang all the hymns at Mass from memory. After graduating from Karnes City High School as valedictorian, Bea attended Our Lady of the Lake University. When WWII broke out, she quit school, attended business school, and became secretary to a succession of commanding generals at Randolph Air Force Base until her retirement. One of the generals said that it was people like Bea who made them look good. While secretary, Bea mentored the young women who came to work at Randolph as secretaries, and her professionalism and kindness was something they would always remember. She and her life-time friend Dorothy Hale Unruh were Liberty Belles during the war.

Bea met her husband Andrew Laird Copeland at one of the dances, and they were married 54 years. Bea was a witty, loving, loyal, forgiving, and generous soul. To know Bea was to love Bea, and when people would voice their love for her, she would frequently tell them, "I love you more," because it was impossible for anyone to love Bea more than she loved them.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Andy, her sister Dorothy Mae Dziuk, and her life-long friend Dorothy.

She is survived by her stepson Andrew L. (Jeannie) Copeland, Jr. of Thousand Oaks, CA and nephews Lester (Alice) Dziuk of San Antonio, Samuel A. (Lois) Copeland III of Chesterfield, MO, and D. Bruce (Cheryl) Copeland of Watkinsville, GA, as well as numerous friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 6th beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at 7:00 p.m. in the Porter Loring Chapel on McCullough. A Memorial Mass will take place at the Lourdes Grotto of the Southwest, 323 Oblate Drive on Thursday, February 7th at 10:30 a.m. with Msgr. Michael O'Gorman as celebrant.

Interment for Beatrice and her husband will be held Friday, February 8th at 10:00 a.m. in the Falls City Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Bea requested that donations be sent in her memory to any of the following: Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore MD 21201; San Antonio Humane Society, 4804 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio TX 78229; Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, 1101 NE Water St., Victoria TX 77901; St Vincent de Paul Society at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio TX 78282, the Seraphic Sisters, 130 Beethoven Ave., San Antonio TX 78210; or a charity of one's choice