Barbara Rae Simmons Copley
1936 - 2021
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Barbara Rae Simmons Copley

Winchester - Barbara Rae Simmons Copley, 84, of Stephens City, VA went home to the Lord on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Winchester, VA.

She was born December 26, 1936 in Staunton, VA., the daughter of the late Raymond Alexander and Hazel Lee Thompson Simmons. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church in Gore, VA and First Baptist Church in Staunton, VA.

Barbara married Clarence Edward Copley on December 21, 1968 in Harrisonburg, VA. He preceded her in death on July 3, 2002.

She is survived by her daughter Doris Lynn Copley of Augusta County, VA.

She is also survived by her brother, James Horace Simmons and his wife, Anne, of Gore, VA; a niece, Catherine S. McLean, with whom she lived; four great nephews and a great niece whom she saw as her grandchildren Andrew Rotzin, Robert Rotzin, Alex McLean, James McLean and Rebekah McLean; as well as one great great niece.

Barbara was a 1955 graduate of Harrisonburg High School. She was a photographer for the Daily News Record for several years during that time as well as other institutions on Harrisonburg. Barbara also worked for the FBI in Louisville and Washington before returning to the Valley. She later settled with her husband and daughter in Staunton/Waynesboro area and worked as a secretary/bookkeeper. Barbara was pleased to serve as an active member of First Baptist Church in Staunton, Sunday School teacher, choir member and deacon until her health caused her to move in with family outside of the area.

Graveside Services will be private.




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Published in The News Leader from Apr. 17 to Apr. 20, 2021.
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