Mary “Nancy” Copeland, 72, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, died on Monday, July 10, 2017, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

She was born July 30, 1944, in Union, Arkansas, to Jesse Ray Copeland and Ruth Franks Copeland.

She graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Arkansas, in 1962. Nancy earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

She worked as an educator for more than 30 years. Nancy was appointed by former Governor and President Bill Clinton to help set policy and standards for teacher certification for public schools in the state.

She wrote numerous grants for the public school system through the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Nancy was a member of First United Methodist Church in Siloam Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, and a great nephew, Dylan Thurman.

She is survived by one brother, Jack Copeland and wife Glenda of Colcord; two nephews, Randy Copeland and wife Leah of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Clint Copeland and wife Sandra of Colcord; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services took place on Friday, July 14, at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, with Pastor Grant Barnett officiating.

Burial followed at Dickson Cemetery, Cherokee City, Arkansas, under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs. To sign the online guestbook, visit