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Lilly Ann Copple

OSHKOSH, Wis. - Lilly Ann Copple, 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, at Bethel Home in Oshkosh, Wis.

Known to friends and family as "Ann" or "Annie,"she was the youngest daughter of Effie Pearl (Moore) Burnett and Admiral Perry "Miral" Burnett, born on April 29, 1926, in Du Quoin, Ill.

She graduated from Du Quoin Township High School in 1945. Her siblings, already passed, were Harley, Ruth, and Vinetta.

Ann was preceded in death by husband, Richard Alden "Dick" Copple, who she married in 1950 in Centralia, Illinois. Dick's banking career took them to the Chicago suburbs where they had a rich and varied life, including raising standard bred horses in Woodstock, Ill. In later years, they also lived in Nashville, Ill., Tucson Ariz., Ironwood, Mich. and Hurley, Wis.

Ann is survived by son, Mark Alden Copple (Toni) of Madison, Wisconsin; and daughters, Mary Kay Copple Yeager (Brett) of New York and Carol Ann Copple Loeper (James) of Ironwood, Mich.

She adored and was cherished by her grandchildren, Richard T. Gay (Adrean), David J. Gay (Suhyun), Jillian C. Gay Hanson (Danson), Nathaniel A. Copple, Caitlin J. Ginnery Albertus (Joseph) and Serena A. Copple. Great grandchildren, Adriana, William, Adam, Bryndelin and Brendan – were her pride and joy. In addition, she was a loving aunt and had close relationships with many of her nieces and nephews.

Ann lived by the philosophy "brighten the corner where you are" and held a consistently positive outlook no matter the circumstance. She was a devout Christian, even as her physical strength waned and she faced challenges such as blindness. She was an example of graciousness and forbearance to her children and all who knew her.

A small private service was held by her children following her death. In accordance with her wishes, a memorial service and internment for both Ann and Dick Copple will be held in the autumn at Little Grove Cemetery in Walnut Hill, Ill.

McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Ironwood, is assisting the family. For more information or to express online condolences, please visit