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Helen Corrine Williams Copeland


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Helen Corrine Williams Copeland

Virginia Beach - Helen Corrine Williams Copeland passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 in the comforts of her home after an acute illness. Helen was born on June 5, 1924 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Edward and Edna Pugh Williams. She was predeceased by her husband Columbus Copeland, sister Jacqueline Williams Spady and brother Edward Williams Jr. Helen attended Norfolk Public Schools and graduated valedictorian at the age of 16 from the historic Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. After high school, Helen continued her education at St. Phillip Nursing School of Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and earned her nursing degree in 1943. In 1947, Helen married the late Columbus Copeland in Norfolk, Virginia. From this union, two children were born, Christina and Daschell. Helen was known for her caring and nurturing, sweet spirit to any and everyone she encountered. These quality characteristics were particularly important in her role as a Public Health Registered Nurse. During her career, Helen was employed as a private duty nurse for Dr. George Alston, worked at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD), was a Charge Nurse for the Berkley Branch of the Norfolk Department of Public Health, and provided quality nursing care to many immunization clinics in the City of Norfolk, such as, Oakleaf Park, Diggs Park, Berkley, Campostella, Roberts Park, and others. She retired after 32 years of service from the Berkley Branch of the Norfolk Department of Public Health. Helen was an active member in her church and community. Helen became a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she served on the Altar Guild and Saint Monica's Guild. Helen was a member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority (Eta Chapter) for fifty years. Helen simply adored her sorors and loved their mission of elevating the plane of nursing and increasing the interest in the nursing profession guided by the motto "Service for Humanity" Helen leaves a lasting legacy and wonderful memories to her family and friends. She is survived by her two children, Edna Christina Copeland Riddick and her son, Daschell R. Copeland; two grandchildren, Paul R. "PJ" Riddick, Jr. and Phelecia R. Riddick-Debnam and her husband Shawn Debnam; two adorable great-grandchildren, Isaiah K. Riddick-Debnam and Karrington S. Riddick-Debnam. The love and admiration of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren provided numerous memories, smiles, and laughter to Nanny. Helen will be missed dearly by a host of special friends and relatives Special thanks to the Freda H. Gordon Hospice staff and Sentara Leigh, 2nd Floor West Wing staff for the comfort given to Mom in the last days of her life and her dependable caregivers that have been part of our family for years. A viewing will be held May 18 from 2-8pm and wake service from 6-7pm at Riddick Funeral Service, the funeral will be conducted May 19 12noon at Grace Episcopal Church, burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Words of Comfort can be expressed at www.riddickfuneralservices.com. The family will receive guests at the home of her daughter.



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Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 16, 2018
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