Iris D. “Donna” Copeland

September 06, 1946 ‒ June 14, 2019

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Iris D. “Donna” Copeland, age 72, of Mount Gilead, passed away peacefully, Friday morning, June 14, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on September 6, 1946, in Pataskala, OH, to the late R.B. and Elizabeth L. (Rhineberger) Persinger.

On April 14, 1961, Donna married the love of her life, William S. “Bill” Copeland in Liveoak, Florida. With Bill serving in the Army, Iris followed him with their young family all over the United States and even a tour in Europe. After his 20 years of service, the two decided to buy land in Morrow County and settle down in 1980.

For nearly 15 years, Donna worked at Rite Aid. She retired as an assistant store manager from the Mount Gilead location.

A woman of faith, Donna enjoyed attending Pleasant Hill Freewill Baptist Church when she was able to. She also loved to read all genres of books with a special interest in subjects such as Christianity and the Amish Community. A gift to be crafty: Donna enjoyed sewing, painting ceramics, and often made personal Christmas ornaments. Donna was always a wonderful cook and her made from scratch biscuits and gravy or pumpkin rolls will surely be missed by her family. She and her husband bowled often at Morrow Lanes where they were a part of a Friday night league. Donna also joined a women’s league held at Morrow Lanes.

Donna was a hard worker and valued others who also shared the same virtue. She wanted things done right the first time. Her strength in encouraging others to do more was just as persistent as she was stubborn, honest, and to the point. She believed whole heartedly in the motto “break you to make you”. Most importantly, Donna loved her family. She was a mother and grandmother to many even if they weren’t “hers” by blood or lineage. Donna’s love for others was evident in her ability to do anything she could to help those in need.

She will be dearly missed by her son, David (Jenn) Copeland of Mount Gilead; daughter, Veronica (James) Graham of Summerville, KY; grandchildren: James, Sarah, Keri, and Robert Copeland, Autumn Moran, Nikita Pruyear, and Ryan Graham; great grandchildren: Grayson Pruyear, Summer Moran, Austin Moran, Serenity Graham-Pruyear; sisters: Ruth (Gary) Nutter of Mt. Sterling, Julia Marteney of Cardington, and Peggy Page of Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son, Stacey Dewayne Copeland; parents: R.B and Elizabeth; brothers: Gerry, Dave, and Ray Persinger; and sisters: Maire Morgan and Lillian Persinger.

Her family will greet friends from 10 to NOON, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) Services celebrating her life will follow at NOON with Pastor Ed Colegrove officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Park.

If desired memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Edison Enterprise Baptist Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Donna’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • I am so sorry to hear about Iris. I worked with her for years at Rite Aid. She was my baby doll. She would make my favorite things for our potluck at work. I loved her 5 cup salad, punch and pumpkin rolls. She would always make sure I had enough to eat. She knew I loved lighthouses and gave me several lighthouse items. I still have them in our house. She would also put Hershey kisses in my presents. I moved but I was able to write her and tell her how much I appreciated and loved her. My thoughts are with her family and friends. I will always cherish her and love her.

  • Jen, Dave and family
    May God carry you through this most difficult time!! Love you all and many prayers for you all!!

  • My sincere condolences to Iris’s family. I worked with Iris at Rite Aid. At first I didn’t know how to take her but I soon knew what she expected of me as a co-worker. We did our work and than she loved to talk about her grandchildren and we would exchange recipes. She also loved Ronnie and her daughters. She was very proud of her family. I will miss her smiling face . You are all in my prayers and thoughts. Rest my friend you are now with the man you have always loved.

  • Jen, Dave and family,

    I appreciate you welcoming me when I came to assist Iris. I loved hearing different stories Iris would talk about her past experiences and about the love of her life, Bill. The wonderful gifts that Bill would get her from around the world. Her thimble collection is one of a kind as well as her beautiful native American ceremics that she made. Iris was a wonderful Christian that I will never forget. Her never give up attitude was unbelievable. It was my priveledge to be able to assist her in her final venture.

    My love ❤️ to all,

    Paula Kline

  • R.I.P Aunt Donna
    No more pain !!
    Our thoughts and prayers to all
    We will miss her greatly !!
    Hugs and Love,
    Deb & family
    Cindi & family