Laura Mae Copeland


    Laura Mae Copeland of St. James, Missouri was born on February 18, 1918 in Phelps County, Missouri to Albert and Ethel Mae (Frost) Wools and passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the age of 101 years.


    She married Arthur Reed in 1936 and this union three children were born
    She later married Clarence Keipas and this union one child was born.
    Laura went to beauty college in St. Louis, Missouri and worked at several small shops in the city for the next 20 years. She then wanted to return home to be around her family and friends. She really enjoyed gardening, shopping, and most of all her family.
    She was a longtime member of the St. James Christian Church, and attended regularly until he health no longer permitted.
    She was preceded in death by her son, Roy Reed.
    She is survived by her children, Shirley Hart of Vichy, Missouri, Ron Reed and wife Sandy of Vichy, Missouri and Cheri Reasoner of St. Louis, Missouri; grandchildren, Eddie Hart, Shelia Terry, Jon Reed, Ron Reed Jr. and Scott Reed; great grandchildren, Colby Reed, Ashley Reed, Katlynn Reed, Carley Reed, Shelly Allen; great great grandchildren, Nathan, and Blake Allen; sister, Erma Ragsdale of Columbia, Missouri; brother, Edward Wools and wife Joretta of Rolla, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
    Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri with Pastor Gary Lane officiating.
    Internment was in the Skaggs Cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Kenny Allen, Blake Allen, Mitch Terry, Shelly Allen, Ron Reed Jr. and Jon Reed. Honorary pallbearer was Nathan Allen.
    Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.