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Geraldine Copeland (Ussery), age 95

Geraldine Copeland (Ussery), 95, of North Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on January 7, 2021.  She never met a stranger. She was born on July 17, 1925 and spent her childhood in Perry County, Arkansas, and in South Carolina.  A child during the Great Depression, her father, Richard Marion Ussery, died when she was nine years old.  She and her two younger brothers, Jack Ussery and Bill Hughes, were raised by their mother, Buena Vista Bailey (Tolley). They had a slew of cousins and extended family in Perry County with whom they played, and she always said that she never thought they might have been considered poor.

She married her first husband, V.C. Devan in 1945, he was in the Army and they were fortunate enough to live all over the world.  They raised three children, living at times in Japan, Germany, Georgia, California, Kansas, Arkansas, Virginia, and New Jersey, before she moved “back home” to Arkansas in the mid 1970’s.  Her second husband, Richard Copeland, spoiled her rotten.  They traveled all over the North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. She loved telling and retelling the tales of her globe-trotting exploits.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard Ussery and Buena Bailey; her brother Bill Hughes, and her husband Richard Copeland.

Geraldine is survived by her brother Jack Ussery of Corpus Christi, Texas; her three children, Curt Devan (Karla) of Kirksville, Missouri, Robert Devan (Robin) of Little Rock, Arkansas and Joanne Nesto of St. Petersburg Beach, Florida; ten grandchildren Sarah Devan of Los Angeles, California, Rebecca Starr (Aaron) and Rachael Devan of Ankeny, Iowa, Emily Hoskinds (Justin) of Cushman, Arkansas, Nicole and Haley Nesto of St. Petersburg, Florida, Cherise Gray of Cabot, Arkansas, Tammy Bennett (Kevin) of St. Augustine, Florida, Serena Ball (Billy) of Mayflower, Arkansas and Sam Giles (Maddy) of Tacoma, Washington; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchildren; a host of extended family and friends, all over the country who remember her hospitality, her brownies, and her infectious smile and laughter.

Though her lively personality dimmed in her later years, she occasionally revealed a glimmer of her former vibrant self. She often said, through the fog of dementia, “I’m right here” and “Can I get you anything?” She was always social, always wanting to help others.  She was a loyal friend and loved shopping, traveling, getting her hair done at Pearlie’s, visiting her cousins in Perryville, and she always seemed to be preparing a dish to take to someone else.

She lived an eventful life, loved her friends and family. She laughed and smile more often than not.  Though her memory failed her in the end, there are scores of people who will always remember Geraldine Copeland (July 17, 1925 – January 7, 2021).

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  501-982-3400

10 Comments

  • Gary Humphrey Posted January 9, 2021 11:14 PM

    Such a sweet and caring mom. Praying for you and your family.

  • Martha Klinger Posted January 10, 2021 9:09 AM

    My mother Maggie was one of her best friends. We both loved Jerry dearly and had so many shopping expeditions. So sorry for this but now she is free and has a clear mind again and hopefully having lunch with my mother in heaven

  • John Thomas Posted January 10, 2021 9:23 AM

    What a wonderful, caring person. She was a great friend to my mother Maggie. R.I.P.

  • Cathy Greiwe Posted January 10, 2021 11:02 AM

    My condolences to the entire family. I remember meeting Geraldine on her visit to Joanne’s in St Petersburg FL and her vibrant smile and youthful demeanor prevailed. She was a giving generous spirit I could tell on that brief encounter and will live on in all the hearts she touched ❣️

  • John Kennedy Posted January 10, 2021 11:29 AM

    Gerry was such a dear friend to my Aunt Maggie Morris for so many years & I always appreciated her kindness towards her.

  • Robin Devan Posted January 10, 2021 1:52 PM

    I was lucky to know her for the last 20 years. She was a sweet lady and she loved her family so much. I am honored to have been her daughter-in-law.

  • Gary and Marilyn Humphrey Posted January 10, 2021 6:11 PM

    Bob, we didn’t have the opportunity to know your mom well, but it was obvious that she was a lovely lady and dearly loved. Sarah and her family send their condolences as well, many prayers for you and your family.

  • Don Jones Posted January 10, 2021 9:26 PM

    I and my late enjoyed many business trips with Gerry and her husband Dick. She was such a gracious lady and was a companion to my wife while Dick and I were working. Dick hired me as manager of avionics in the wonderful ArkMod days. May God bless and comfort her family in this time of grief.

  • Cindy Newton Posted January 12, 2021 3:46 PM

    I was blessed to know Jerry as my first mother-in-law and grandmother to our children. She was always a loving person to us all. I am grateful for the memories we shared. and so very sorry for our loss. It comforts me to know she is with her mother now. and I look forward to seeing them again one day.

  • Ronnie and Nancy Watts Posted January 15, 2021 11:45 AM

    I did not know Mrs. Copeland, but I did work with her son Bob for many years. Children are often a reflection of their parents, therefore she must have been a wonderful person. Our prayers are with the family.

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