Martha Elaine Heffington Copeland

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Martha Elaine Heffington Copeland MELROSE, N.M.-Mrs. Martha Elaine Heffington Copeland, 97, of St. Vrain, N.M., died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Clovis, N.M. Martha was born Dec. 17, 1914, in Stockard, Texas, to John and Kate Heffington. She graduated from Lubbock High School. Martha married W.N. Dub Copeland on Oct. 20, 1934, in Lubbock, Texas. They moved to the community of St. Vrain, N.M., in 1945, where they ranched. She was a longtime member of the Melrose Church of Christ. Martha enjoyed being with her family and cooking for them. She also loved quilting with the ladies at the Melrose Senior Citizen Center. She loved gardening and playing with the grandkids. She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Linda Boaz; her parents; her brother, Johnny Heffington; her sister, Ettice Bond; her sister, Bess Black; and her daughter-in-law, Ovidene Copeland. She is survived by her three sons, James H. of St. Vrain, Raymon of St. Vrain, and John of Lubbock, Texas. She also has 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Family visitation is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Melrose Church of Christ in Melrose, N.M. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at Melrose Church of Christ in Melrose, N.M. Monte Boaz, Billy Copeland and Jason Copeland (grandsons) will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the Melrose Cemetery in Melrose, N.M. Pallbearers are: Stan Boaz, Robert Garton, Greg Higgins, Chris Copeland, Marty Lavender and Matt Sears. Honorary pallbearers will be Martha's great-grandsons: Brent Partain, Spencer Garton, Tanner Higgins, Tate Higgins, Matthew Ware, Luke Ware, Jake Boaz, Kyler Boaz, Kendall Boaz, Mason Ratliff, Caz Copeland, Kelton Copeland, Jayton Morris, Connor Sears and Tate Copeland. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E Manana Blvd, Clovis, NM, (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online guest registry at
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 14, 2012
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