Perlie Ruth Moreland, 92 year old lifelong resident and historian of Copan, passed away at Jane Phillips Medical Center, in Bartlesville, Saturday, August 17, 2013. She was born July 14, 1921, in Copan to Thomas and Lorena (Perigoe) Kitterman. She was a 1939 graduate of Copan High School and on May 20, 1940 she married Delbert "Tine" Moreland Sr. in Sedan, Kansas. Perlie was the ultimate Copan Hornet and spent her life caring for her family and many other people in Copan. Her love of Copan, the people, and the history of Copan was so very dear to her heart. Her family likes to refer to her as the mother to the masses, as she helped raise their friends and many others in the Copan area. When she wasn't spending time on Copan history, Perlie enjoyed quilting, reading, poetry, and traveling. For someone not having a driver's license, she was able to travel extensively. She loved to go and see new places and could be quite a character at times. Perlie had an extensive collection of coffee cups, and other items. She handmade quilts with love and gave one to all of her children and grandchildren. Perlie was a very loving, caring, and giving person that will be missed by her family and the entire community of Copan.
Preceding Mrs. Moreland in death are her parents, Thomas and Lorena Kitterman, her husband Delbert "Tine" Moreland Sr., and siblings, Dr. Lloyd Kitterman, Helen Jessup, Kathrine Mallon, and Dorthy Stutsman.
Surviving Mrs. Moreland are her six children, Delberta Hagan and husband James, of Copan, Reba George and husband Kenneth, of Caney, Kansas, Shirley Williams and husband Gene, of Bartlesville, Delbert "Toby" Moreland and wife Leta, of Dewey/Copan, Loyd "Oog" Moreland, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Janet Moreland, of Dewey, fifteen grandchildren, twenty five great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, siblings, Mary Walters, of La Plata, New Mexico, Ester Feeler, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Beverly Kitterman, of Tulsa, Myrna Watts, of Buffalo, New York, Billy Joe Kitterman, of Ottawa, Kansas, many nieces, nephews, a host of other family she helped to raise, and the entire community of Copan.
Funeral services for Mrs. Moreland will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the New Life Wesleyan Church, in Copan. Burial will follow at the Caney Cemetery in Caney, Kansas. The family will receive friends at Mrs. Moreland's home in Copan from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 20, 2013. They also suggest memorials be given to the Copan Alumni Association, P.O. Box 128, Copan, Oklahoma 74022. Services are entrusted to the Arnold Moore Neekamp Funeral Home of Bartlesville. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com