Mary A. Copeland-Shade age 74, of Botkins died 7:24 a.m., Sunday Aug. 4, 2013 at Lima Memorial Health Systems following a brief illness. She was born Sept. 13, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Raymond L. and Lavina Nuss Gretsinger, who preceded her in death. She married Robert E. Copeland, Sr. Feb. 18, 1955 and he preceded her in death Aug. 1, 1983. She married Paul E. Shade Aug. 10, 1985 and he preceded her in death Jan. 12, 1992.
Mrs. Shade was a retired cook with Wapakoneta Schools and a weigh master at Spring Creek Corp. She was an avid Cincinnati Reds Fan and enjoyed crocheting, going to casinos and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include 5 children: Cheri (Donald Neidemire, Daniel (Theresa) Copeland, David (Barbara) Copeland, Robert (Robin) Copeland, Jr. and Ted (Grace) Copeland all of Wapakoneta, 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her companion and best friend of more than 20 years Mike Miller, 2 brothers: Robert Gretsinger of North Carolina and Donald (Becky) Gretsinger of Indiana, a brother-in-law Frances Copeland of Troy and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father-in-law Edward and Alvina Copeland, a brother-in-law Charles Copeland and sisters-in-law Mary Louise Copeland and Mary Ann Copeland.
Private family burial will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given to Van Buren Fire Department, Kettlersville.