Janice Barnhart - 1963
(May 2, 1945 - February 3, 2010)

BIO & Picture from 40th Reunion

Published Sunday, February 7, 2010

Janice Barnhart Copeland passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

Janice Marie (Barnhart) Copeland was born May 2, 1945 in Columbia, Missouri to Edgar Vernon and Evvangeline Thornton Barnhart.

On March 10, 1967 she married Garry Thomas Copeland and he survives at home in Sunrise Beach, Missouri.

Jan graduated Hickman High School and Columbia College before a career venture to the Kansas City area, marriage, children, and ultimately to the Lake of the Ozarks. Her infectious smile and laughter, her hugs and kisses; were ever present, even in her final hour. Her life was full of those "things" that countless good people do, as friend, wife and mother; as listener, leader, follower and friend. Jan was unique in how she shared her life with everyone, leaving each of us more complete. Jan's career with us is finished here, but her eternal career is just getting started at a new university, we still hear the echo of your healing laughter, even beyond Heaven's gates.

Other survivors include two sons, Aaron Thomas Copeland of Osage Beach, Missouri and Austin Blane Copeland of Gravois Mills, Missouri; one sister, Carolyn Kephart of Holden, Missouri; five grandsons and five granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

She was preceeded in death by her father, mother and two brothers.

A memorial service was held Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gravois Mills United Methodist Church, conducted by Reverend Ellen Hoff.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gravois Mills United Methodist Church (GMUMC), 437 Valley Rd, Gravois Mills MO 65037-3016 to be given to the family to help with medical expenses.*


Janice Barnbart Copeland - 2003-09-14
After graduating Hickman, I enrolled in Christian College (now Columbia College) and graduated in 1965 with an AA degree.  Moved to Kansas City with Bobbie Hunt and we rented an apartment in Raytown, Mo.  I made the daily trip to downtown Kansas City, Mo where I worked for Platt Pipe Line in the accounting dept.  They were on the 14th floor of the Kansas City Power and Light Building ….It was great!

Met my husband, Garry Copeland, in Kansas City and married in 1967.  We have two sons, Aaron, 1971 and Austin, 1974, born in Westwood, Kansas where Garry and I both worked; Garry was a Programmer analyst for Sprint (formally United Telephone Co.) and I worked in the accounting dept. (again).

We migrated to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1976 and started the wholesale greeting card company we presently own.  We distribute greeting cards and social expression products in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.   We employ 22 full time and 68 part-time personnel.

Both sons are married and we have five grandchildren.  Garry and I enjoy our life together and with our family.

We are very active with our church family and community.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and have really enjoyed the bio’s.

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