Mary Jo (Workman) Copley

November 16, 1934 ~ September 27, 2018 (age 83)

Mary Jo Workman Copley, 83, of Summerville, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

The memorial service will be held on Friday morning, October 12, 2018 at 11 o’clock in The Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, 530 St. Andrews Road, Columbia SC 29210. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association SC Chapter, 901 South Pine Street, lower level, Spartanburg, SC 29302 or Presbyterian Communities of SC, 2817 Ashland Rd., Columbia, SC 29210.

Jo, as known to family and friends, was born November 16, 1934, in Gastonia NC, a daughter of the late Earle C. Workman and Kathryn Beatty Workman. She lived a vivacious and happy life filled with compassion and deep interest in others.  Jo made lifelong friends easily and maintained contact with all who touched her life.

Jo moved to Columbia, SC in the late 1960s to continue her career as office manager with New York Life Insurance Company spanning almost 40 years. Just after moving to Columbia, Jo met and married Tommy Copley who had two children. Jo loved and nurtured Michelle and Joe as if they were her own children and they always remained the apple of her eye.

She was a member of The Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church since joining in 1975. She was a woman of great faith, Honorary Life Member of the Presbyterian Women, and served on many ministries and committees. She was a long time volunteer at SOPC and at Lexington Medical Center. Jo always gave more to others than she ever expected in return; she was loved by all who knew her and will be profoundly missed.

Jo is survived by her son Joe L. Copley of Columbia; daughter Michelle J. Copley of Charleston; brother Robert L. Pierce III (Kelly) of Wilmington, NC; Susanne Pierce of Ocean Isle, NC; niece Julie Sandridge (Bill) of Raleigh, NC; nephew Craig Pierce (Laney) of Shallotte, NC; nephew Norman E. “Sandy” Bartholomew of Raleigh, NC; great niece Madison L. Bartholomew, Nancy Rhyne (Billy), Courtney Claytor (Graham) all of Charlotte, NC; niece Marian Felton and nephew Leigh Baxter (Deb), all of Richmond, VA; nephew Mark Baxter (Freda) of Statesville, NC.  Jo is predeceased by her sister Kathryn Workman Bartholomew; step mother Geneva Pierce Workman; step sister Sally Pierce Grubb,

Arrangements by PARKS FUNERAL HOME, 130 West 1st North Street, Summerville SC 29483.

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