Mary Evelyn Copeland (who went by Evelyn) was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, daughter of Clare Nowlen Stannard, V.P. and Gen. Mgr. of the Public Service Company of Colorado, and his wife Josephine Kellogg (Thompson) Stannard. She attended Colorado College where she, an accomplished horsewoman, was a member of the Riding Club and vice president of her senior class. Upon graduation in 1924, she married one of her English instructors, William D. Copeland (q.v.). In the annoucement of the impending nuptials, the Rocky Mountain News society editor called her "one of Denver's most attractive maids and popular in the younger set." Her father's integrity and hard work ethic rubbed off on Evelyn who shouldered alongside husband Bill throughout his various positions in academe and the ministry.You might call her a housewife, but that wasn't the half of it as she labored behind the scenes in so many ways to advance her husband's work. And while doing so, she raised three children (Evelyn Alayne Copeland Van Dyck, 1930-1993; William D., Jr., 1934-1998; and Robert Milton, 1938 - ), the first two exemplary in many ways and the third the author of this biographical sketch. After Bill's 'retirement' (he remained pastor emeritus of the Polson Presbyterian Church, filled pulpits in the area on many occasions, and was active in Rotary International), Evelyn and Bill thoroughly enjoyed their 'golden years' at their 12.5 acre 'ranchette'(as Evelyn called it) on the lower East Shore of Flathead Lake where they loved to garden and receive their many friends, children and grandchildren for a good many years.
William Duncan Copeland