Debra Copeland obit

Debra Christine Copeland

March 5, 1960 — January 1, 2021

Debra Christine Copeland, 60, of Yuma, Arizona went home to the Lord on Friday, January 1, with her husband and daughters at her side. Debbi was born on March 5, 1960, in Brawley, California.

She was the daughter of Donald and Mary Gibson, and beloved stepdaughter of Birdie (Rhoberta) Gibson. Debbi was the oldest of four sisters and two stepbrothers: Wanda Couchman, Marjie McLaughlin, Janice Gibson-Simpson, Sean Lincoln, and Carey Lincoln. She graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1978. Debbi married Danny Joe Copeland on November 3, 1979. 

Debbi cherished her family. She was creative, knitting and crocheting gifts for her loved ones. She played guitar and enjoyed collecting mementos from adventures. She served at church by singing in the choir and teaching Bible school. Debbi was easy to love; she was kind, generous, encouraging, and gracious. 

Debbi was married to the love of her life, Danny, for 41 years. Together they raised three daughters and enjoyed family trips. She is survived by her husband, children, and grandchildren. Debbi always called her daughters “my girls” — Melissa Mapes, Sarah Copeland, and Heather Lee. She also loved her sons-in-law: James Mapes, Bryan Melton, and Seth Lee. She was known as “Mema” to her grandchildren: Jacob Mapes, Bethany Mapes, Cassie Lee, Benjamin Mapes, Rudy Lee, and Luke Mapes. She loved her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren. 

Debbi was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, and she will be missed by all. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please donate to an organization that Debbi passionately supported: MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), American Cancer Society, or the American Diabetes Association. 

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