Myrtice Etta Copeland Miller

Published 4:53 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Myrtice Etta Copeland Miller, 93, of Greenville, Ala., passed away on August 11, 2012 in her home with her family beside her.

Visitation will be held at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 from 3- 3:45 p.m. Graveside services will follow in Magnolia Cemetery at 4 p.m. with Reverend Robert Cruikshank officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing.

Myrtice was born in Henderson, Ala. to Samuel Lewis and Myrtle Mae (Wilson) Copeland on November 2, 1918. She graduated from Luverne High School in 1939.  Myrtice was married to Hubert Lee Miller of Greenville, Ala. on April 30, 1939. Myrtice and Hubert have 5 daughters, 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was devoted to being a wife and raising her children. She was a talented seamstress and clothes designer and became the head seamstress at Sunshine Cleaners in Greenville, Ala., which she co-owned with her husband, Hubert. After retirement from the Sunshine Cleaners, she opened The Sewing Shop in which she enjoyed not only sewing for her customers, but the time she was able to spend visiting with them.  Myrtice loved attending church at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville, Ala. and raising her children in the loving church atmosphere. She was an active member of the church in which she served as a children’s Sunday School Teacher during the years her daughters were young, attended adult Sunday School classes, was a member of the Couples Club that met each month for dinner and visiting, assisted with the MYF dinners for the youth and was devoted to attending the morning and evening church services each week.

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Myrtice devoted her life to God, her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Our mother’s greatest wish in life was for all of her children and their children to love the Lord with all their heart and to live as Christians.  Our loving mother wrote a prayer for her children in her bible, “To all my children, my prayer for you is that you will overflow more and more with love for others, and at the same time keep growing in spiritual knowledge and insight, for I want you always to see clearly the difference between right and wrong, and to be inwardly clean, and no one being able to criticize you.  May you always do good, kind things which show that you are a child of God”. She also wrote, “The greatest offer ever made. Eternal Life, a free gift from God”.

Myrtice was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Lewis and Myrtle Mae Copeland, brothers Roy Copeland, Cary Copeland, John Lewis Copeland, Major Copeland, Jimmy Copeland, sisters Annie Will Kirkland, Susie Richburg, Lois Patrick, Lucille Moore, grandson Eric Washburn.  She is survived by her husband Hubert Lee Miller, her daughters Annette Putnam, Gloria Carr, Jane Sweeney, Rebekah Miller and Angela Miller; grandchildren Adrienne Wilkinson, Alex Washburn, Brian Washburn, Michael McGill, Stephen McGill, Sidney Carr, Joseph Harville, James Harville, Kristopher Smith, Will Waller, Jason Hendrix, Autumn Allen, Alexandria Allen and Natalie Miller; great grandchildren, Alexandra Wilkinson, Paul Wilkinson, Sebastian Carr, Ryan Harville, Laken Harville and her numerous loving nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The First United Methodist Church in Greenville, Ala. or the Emerald Coast Hospice of Pensacola, Fla., 1555 Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Emerald Coast Hospice for the loving care of our father’s wife and our mother.

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