Patsy Anne Ervin (Pat) 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday Nov. 26th, 2013, with her loving family by her side.
Pat was born to James Truman and Annie Lores Turner on Dec. 11, 1934 in Dallas, Texas. Although she worked for other federal agencies (the Dept. of Agriculture in Dallas and New Orleans, the General Services Administration in Dallas and the U.S. Forest Service in San Francisco), she spent the best part of her career working for the USGS as a Cartographic Tech from August 1973 to July 1993. In 1984 she transferred from the Western Mapping Center in California  to Rolla, Mo. She settled into the small town life where she made lifelong friends that she treasured and loved like family.  
In November 2013, she blessed her grandson and his family by moving to their home in Olathe, Kan. She loved animals as much as she did people, often saying they are people too. She befriended every dog and cat in her neighborhood, taking treats and talking to them as if they understood every word she said. Not only was she a loving mother and friend to her daughter Patti, she was also a loving and devoted grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
Gram shared a strong bond with her one and only grandchild Joey, always referring to him as her whole world, with the rest of us coming in as a close second. She was known for her sense of humor and wit. She had a way of comforting everyone; even laughing and joking with her family, nurses and staff to the end.
She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Pat was preceded in death and welcomed to heaven by her parents and her son, Kenneth Turner Copeland. Pat leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter Patti and husband Paul Garrett, her grandson Joe (the perfect one) and wife Sharon Pacheco and two great-grandchildren, A.J. Mosser and Ashlyn Pacheco all of Olathe Kan., her brother Donald and wife Amanda Turner of Lone Oak, Texas, in addition to several cousins and close friends. A Celebration of Life in her honor will be held on December 28th at 1 p.m. at the Eugene E. Northern Community Hall in Rolla.
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