Renee Jeannine (Bull) Copenhaver, 46, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 17, 2014 at her home at in Bartlesville, Oklahoma after a long battle with cancer.
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Renee was born in Oklahoma City on May 21, 1967, the daughter of David Stephens and Jerry J. Shannon, both of Lindsey, Oklahoma and was gifted through adoption to Robert and Phyllis Bull of Okmulgee, Oklahoma joining an older brother, Darrell Bull.
Renee grew up in Okmulgee and met her first and lifelong love of dogs in a St. Bernard/Border Collie mix, named Snow Ball leading her to raise over a dozen furry children throughout her life. She graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1985. She met her soul mate, Granville Copenhaver and they married December 28, 1985. She attended Oklahoma State University Technical Branch in Okmulgee graduating with a Business Computer Science Degree in 1987. Her husband and she moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma for her job at First National Bank following her graduation.
In 1994, she came into contact with her birth family, left First National Bank and moved to Houston, Texas where she worked at the Houston Pilots Association. She enjoyed getting to know her biological family and found a sense of completeness. She discovered that her parents had three more biological children before separating ways and that she also had a half-brother.
In 1995, she moved back to Okmulgee, Oklahoma and worked for Wynn Communications, Citizens National Bank and Creoks Mental Health before moving back to Bartlesville in 1999. After a few years with Walmart, she went to work at Jane Phillips Hospital where she worked until her illness.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her father, Robert Bull. She leaves behind a family to celebrate her life and the courage and Christian faith that she exemplified.
Survivors include, her loving and devoted husband, Granvile Copenhaver of Bartlesville; her parents, Phyllis Bull, of Bartlesville; Jerry J. (and Tom ) Shannon, of Texas; David (and Kay) Stephens, of Texas; Her five siblings, Darrell Bull; Tammy (and James) Knight; Shawn Stephens; Lisa (and Scott) Peal and Matthew Shannon all of Texas; twelve nephews and nieces; one great niece; and numerous loving in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who supported her through her journey.
Visitation will be held at Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory in Bartlesville from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, March 21, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM in The Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel and she will be laid to rest at Big Cabin Cemetery in Big Cabin, Oklahoma at 2:00 PM also on Saturday. Donations can be made to Comforting Hands Hospice 2450 SE Washington Blvd. STE-A, Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006 for the wonderful care that was given to Renee in her time of need or to the American
4110 S. 100th East Ave. Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146 to fund research in her memory. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory
1600 Southeast Washington Boulevard Bartlesville, OK 74006
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Mar. 20 to Apr. 19, 2014