1925 - 2016 Loraine Hardy Copeland, 90, passed away peacefully in Nacogdoches on October 3, 2016, surrounded by her family. Loraine was born on November 19, 1925, to Grady and Bessie Rector in Woden, Texas. She graduated from Woden High School as the 1942 Salutatorian. During World War II, Loraine worked for Sun Oil Company and was passionate about supporting and writing letters to the local servicemen. After the war, she married Marine Corporal Fred R. Hardy who fought in the South Pacific. They raised their two sons in Silsbee, Texas. Loraine was athletically inclined, excelling in golf, tennis and swimming. It was in Silsbee that she took up golf, had a seven handicap, and competed in many high level tournaments. She also became a Bronze Life Master bridge player, often partnering with her twin sister, Polly, in ACBL tournaments. In any competition, Loraine played to win! Loraine especially love to read romance novels and mysteries and worked the crossword puzzle daily. She spent many years entertaining at her Crystal Beach Cabin. She had a quick wit, a strong opinionated personality, a spirited attitude and a giving heart. She was very generous to her family. She was a member of UMWC in Nacogdoches and First Methodist Church in Silsbee. Loraine is preceded in death by husbands Fred R Hardy and Dr. Sam Copeland and her treasured grandson, Freddy. She is survived by son Fred R. Hardy,Jr. of Sugarland and his daughter Jane Ann Anzalone and husband Joseph of Youngerville, La and their children Hardy, Landry and Guidry; son William Forrest (Bill) Hardy and wife Pat of Crystal Beach and his children Will Hardy and wife Stacey of Houston, and Amy Hardy Siegert of Tomball and her children Madalyn, Dawson and Olivia; as well as twin sister, Polly Crisp of Nacogdoches, and loving nieces of Tyler and many more grand nephews. There was no one like Loraine. May God welcome her with loving arms! The family will gather for a celebration of Loraine's life.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 6, 2016