Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Friend Judy Copeland Passed Away Sunday at 42; Services Set

OKLAHOMA CITY – Judy Copeland, who served as general counsel in the office of Governor Mary Fallin, passed away early Sunday (11/6) morning after suffering a stroke on Thursday (11/3). Judy was 42. She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Terry Copeland. Services will be held this Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 AM at Edmond First Baptist Church.

Judy was a special friend to those of us who had the privilege to work with her in Gov. Keating's office. Everybody that knew Judy loved her and admired her as a professional. She will be missed by me and her many friends. Please remember Judy's family and especially her husband Terry in your prayers.

Previously, Judy had worked as assistant district attorney in Oklahoma County, assistant attorney general under Drew Edmondson and Susan Loving, deputy general counsel and general counsel for Governor Frank Keating, and assistant United States attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Judy attended Northeastern State University as an undergraduate prior to graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She was born in Stroud, Oklahoma.

Governor Fallin released the following statement today:

“Judy was a strong, professional woman and a friend to all who worked with her. She was a superb general counsel as well as a joy to be around. Her passing is a tremendous loss to the state of Oklahoma, and she will be sorely missed by a great many people.

“I would ask that everyone keep Judy’s husband, her family, my staff and her many friends in their thoughts and prayers. While this is a difficult time, we take comfort in knowing that she has passed on to a better place.”
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