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Alma "Madeline" Copeland

December 8, 1926 - May 5, 2024


Alma “Madeline” Copeland was born on December 8, 1926 in Hannah Alberta.

She passed away peacefully on May 5, 2024 in Penticton BC

She was pre deceased by her husband of 75 years, Harvey, her parents Nikkla Wilson and Arthur Buckborough and her siblings Lila, Edna, Cecil and Harold.

She is survived by her sisters June (Bill) Hambly and Leta (Chuck) DeMarsh, her children  Bill (Rosemary) Copeland, Rick Copeland, Terry (Don) Coldwell and Debbie (Tom) Mackenzie as well as her grandchildren Trevor (Terri) Coldwell, Blair (Sarah) Coldwell, Sommer (Patrick) Coldwell, Heather (Jeff) Burke, Rob Copeland, Eric Mackenzie and Amber (Rob) Mackenzie-Evans as well as numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Madeline and Harvey made their home in Quesnel where they opened Quesnel Jewellers which they ran for over 40 years. Madeline was a huge supporter of anyone and anything she loved. She could be found playing bingo or cheering on her family and friends at sporting events and anything else they attempted. Madeline’s favourite was curling and she was often found at the curling rink, either competing herself or cheering on Harvey and later Debbie and Tom as well as her grandsons when they took up the sport. She became a wonderful advocate for causes that were near and dear to her heart, and would keep fighting for what she felt was just.

Madeline and Harvey liked to travel abroad and also spent several winters as snowbirds in Arizona. She found a talent for crafts while in Arizona and continued many of her crafts until very recently.

They spent their last years living in Osoyoos where they enjoyed the warm weather and meeting new friends.

We will miss her phone calls, her weather reports, her potato salad, barbecued steaks and almond tea cookies! But most of all we will miss her love and support.

May you and dad continue your beautiful love story now, mom. We will keep you in our hearts forever.

There will be a family gathering at tranquility gardens on Saturday June 8, 2024 followed by a drop in tea from 1-3pm at the Quesnel curling club.

Donations can be made to the Penticton and District Hospice Society. Information can be found at


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From: Pat Smallwood

Debbie, Tom and all family members. I am so shocked to hear of Madeline’s passing. She was a caring and cheerful person when we were room mates in SOGH. She always asked if I was ok and likewise. We shared many laughs and stories and I will forever cherish the picture we shared together. She is now out of pain and reunited with her loving husband and I am a better person for having shared a small amount of time with her. She was truly thankful for the love of her family. You had a very special mom – rest in peace Madeline.

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