Mary Alice <I>Roller</I> Copus

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Mary Alice Roller Copus

Barren County, Kentucky, USA
Death 22 Jan 1974 (aged 67)
Massac County, Illinois, USA
Burial McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 120305648 · View Source
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NOTE: Alice was first cousin to my father, Walter Denan Hare (memorial #: 67584737). Their parents were siblings, Henry Jackson Roller and Maggie Lynn Roller Hare. (Per Dorothy Hare Wigginton)

I remember Mom, Sallie Ann (Reynolds) Hare (memorial #:68014775) speaking of Alice. Mom told Alice was a Pentecostal preacher. She spoke of Alice praying over my brother, John when he was little. The doctor couldn't do anymore for John so Alice and Mom prayed for him and he was healed.

As I searched for information on my family tree, I received information that Alice was in charge of my baby sister, Barbara Jean Hare's (memorial #: 116241198) funeral service when she died in 1940 (see posted copy-CLICK Photos to view).

Since my father, Alice's cousin died in 1949 when I was four only Mom spoke of Alice. Mom spoke very highly of her. Working my family tree, I have spoke with or messaged three of her grandchildren, Linda, Connie and Valerie. Alice must of had a very rewarding life working as a preacher but also some difficulties. Her choices for the best interest of her children I believe were of utmost self sacrificing.

Thank you Alice for all you have done for others.

Publication: Mt Vernon Register-News
Location: Mt Vernon, Illinois
Issue Date: Wednesday, 23 Jan 1974,
Page: Page 2

Mary Copus-McLeansboro

Mrs. Mary Copus, 67 of 619 North Pearl St., McLeansboro, died at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday at Franklin Hospital in Benton.
Mrs. Copus was born in Cave City, Ky., on July 25, 1906, the daughter of Henry and Eva (Martin) Roller.
She was first married to Roy J. Rayburn, who preceded her in death, and later married Eugene Copus, who also preceded her in death.
She was member of the Assembly of God church in McLeansboro.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Assembly of God church, with the Rev. Alta Culpepper and Irene Gourlas officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows cemetery.
Friends may call at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Mrs Copus is survived by fours sons, Eugene, Des Plaines, Donald, California, Leon, Indianapolis, Ind., and Paul, Pekin; one daughter, Mrs. Joyce Birkner, Mcleansboror; one step-daughter, Mrs. Gail Negus, Fresno, Calif.; 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Alice's CHILDREN all listed on Find A Grave:
-Eugene Anthony Tiernan, Died: 2009 (Birth name Copus)
-Leon Jackson Copus, Died: 1982
-Donald Thomas Copus, Died: 1978
-Joyce Evelyn (maiden name: Rayburn) Birkner Died: 2000
-Paul Leonard Belcher Died: 2006 (Birth name Rayburn)

Step Daughter, Martha Gail (Copus) Negus, Died: 26 Jan 2008, Fresno, California.
Gail was daughter of Alice's Aunt Emma (Roller) Crumpton's step daughter, Gladys Pearl Crumpton.
Emma was sister of my grandmother, Maggie Lynn Roller.

Home in 1910: Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky USA
Henry Roller 28 (Head-Rent-Gen Farmer-Cannot read or write)
Eva Roller 28 (Wife-Mother of 3/ 2 living-Can read & write)
(Both Married 7 Years)
Alice Roller 3 (Dau)
Pearl Roller 9/12 (Dau) [0]

Home in 1920: Cave City, Barren County, Kentucky
Henry J Roller 37 (Head-Rent-General Farmer-Cannot read & write)
Eva Roller 34 (Wife-Can read & write)
Mary A Roller 13 (Dau-Attend School)
Eva P Roller 10 (Dau-Attend school)
Andrew J Roller 5 (Son)
(All born in KY(

Home in 1930: Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY
Address: 5411 Missouri Avenue.
-Eugene H Copus Sr 37 (Head-Own Home No Farm Value $300-Carpenter-Gen Contractor-1st marriage @30)
-Mary A Copus 23 (Wife-1st marriage @ 16)
Eugene H Copus Jr 6
Leon J Copus 4 1/12
Donald T Copus 1/12

Home in 1940: Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Address: HEWETT ST
Mary Rayburn 35(Head-Gave Info-Rent $16-Marital M with line thru it Number 7 added-Janitress,Factory-Gr: 8)
Joyce Rayburn 9 (Dau-Gr: 3)
John Rayburn 14 (Son POSSIBLY STEP SON-B: ILL-Gr:8)
(Mary & Joyce BORN:MISSOURI)

SOMETIME BETWEEN 1930 AND 1931 Alice, married with children moved to Peoria, Illinois:
U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989:
Name: Mary A Copus
Gender: Female
Residence Year: 1931
Street Address: 919 8 Jeff
Residence Place: Peoria, Illinois
Spouse: Eugene H Copus
Publication Title: Peoria, Illinois, City Directory, 1931

Social Security Death Index:
Name: Mary Copus
SSN: ?3:-?3-9??4
Last Residence: 62859 Mc Leansboro, Hamilton, Illinois, USA Born: 25 Jul 1906
Died: Jan 1974
State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951)

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  • Maintained by: Dorothy Hare Wigginton
  • Originally Created by: Eileen M.
  • Added: 14 Nov 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 120305648
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Alice Roller Copus (25 Jul 1906–22 Jan 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 120305648, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Dorothy Hare Wigginton (contributor 47472543) .