The third document in my family history file is the obituary, in memoriam notices and tribute for Edith Annie Copland, nee Willis. Edith was the sister of my ex-husband’s grandfather Thomas Arthur Willis.
EDITH A. COPLAND
Quite a gloom was cast over the
Lake Charm District when it was
made known that Mrs Edith A. Cop-
land had passed away. Mrs. Copland,
who was only 34 years of age, went
to bed on Tuesday evening in her
usual health, and passed peacefully
away whilst sleeping. She was the
wife of Mr William F. Copland, of
Lake Charm. Born at Eaglehawk, she
was married nine years ago, and be-
sides her husband leaves three young
children (Alick, 8; Kenneth, 6; and
Marrianne, 3½) to mourn their loss.
Mrs Copland had been receiving me-
dical treatment for some time, but her
death was unexpected, as she was
about her usual duties, and was in
Kerang on Tuesday, doing shopping.
Living close to the State School, Mrs
Copland took a keen interest in the
children attending. She was also con-
nected with the Presbyterian Church
at Benjeroop and the Baptist Church
at Lake Charm. She will be sadly
missed in many ways.
The funeral took place at the Ke-
rang Cemetery on Thursday, the Rev.
Crisp conducting the services at the
church and the graveside. Messrs A.
G. Adams and Sons had charge of the
COPLAND – On May 26th, at Lake
Charm, loving sister of Tom, sister-
in-law of Dorothy, aunt of Murray.
“In God’s care.”
– Inserted by Mr and Mrs Willis
and Murray, Mystic Park
COPLAND – On May 26th, at Lake
Charm, Edith Annie, dearly loved
sister of Elsie and Jack, and auntie
of Audrey. Aged 35 years.
“Asleep in Jesus”
– Inserted by Elsie, Jack and Aud-
rey Fields, Mystic Park.
MRS. W. F. COPLAND
The homecall of Mrs. W. Copland
of Lake Charm, has removed from
our midst one whose memory will al-
ways remain, and the district, shares
in the sorrow and offers heartfelt
sympathy with the bereaved husband
and young family.
For some years, Mrs. Copland had
not been in the best of health, but
self never counted, and her Christian
faith was a very real support to her,
so that few ever saw any of her
Although, firstly, a mother and wife
with a very keen love of home and
home life, her wonderful personality
extended help and sympathy to all
around her. It has been said of her
“never a child was forgotten,” and in
truth the school children who came
to the school next door to her home,
found her a very real friend at all
times. Christian work, the Church,
the Missions and Kindergarten have
all many memories of her practical
help and sympathy, also the patriotic
and charitable organisations always
received the same consideration and
Then her neighbors who will re-
member her thoughtfulness and those
little kindnesses done in her own quiet
Though so young, and busy mother,
Mrs. Copland’s life was a wonderful
example for we who are left to reflect.
Devoted mother, loving wife, loyal
friend, it is not goodbye, just resting,
where no shadows fall.
These clippings were also part of the group of newspaper clippings and photos that my husband “rescued” when his mother was going to throw them out. Like the other clippings, there was no indication of which newspaper these clippings were from. When I first started researching the family history, I was sent a family history compiled by one of my husband’s distant cousins, which gave me details of when Edith died. From this information, I was later able to find the details of the newspapers these clippings were from.