Memorial services for Geneva Copeland Dace Oram will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Labby Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Leesville. Burial will follow in the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville.
Geneva Copeland Dace Oram of New Llano, Louisiana died Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Westwood Manor Nursing Home.
Geneva, daughter of Luther Raymond Copeland and Gladys Olivia Bray Copeland of Missouri, was born August 10, 1926 in St. James, Mo. She was married to Quentin Adren Dace from 1944 until his death in 1960. They had eight children. She married Leroy Wayne Oram in 1964 and was widowed in 2012.
She spent several years in the food service industry, starting out in her father’s restaurant as a young child, working at Meremac Caverns for several years and ending at Catfish Junction in the late 80s and 90s. She had several other careers including driving an ambulance. She loved to fish and to simply sit and visit with people. She and Leroy owned Oram’s Texaco in Leesville, LA and LOGO Sales in New Llano, LA.
She was very active in the Leesville Opti-Mrs .Club and especially loved working on their various service activities. In later years, she and Leroy traveled the states in their RV and she was an avid fan of any sport played by her grand and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Robert Moss of Spring Bluff, MO, sister-in-law and husband, Helen and Les Barker of Jefferson, TX; eight children: sons, Jimmie Ray Dace and wife Doris of Pocahontas, MO & Ralph Dace of Leesville, LA; daughters, Mary Ann and husband Gene Center of Sullivan, MO, Linda Sue Canoy of Leesville, LA, Billie Joyce Witt of Sullivan, MO, Diana May and husband David Richards of Rittman, OH, Judy Kay and husband Paul Hartung of Warrenton, MO & Beverly Daniel of New Llano, LA; sixteen grandchildren and thirty-three great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Genevieve Sullinger Wade, son-in-law, Kenneth Witt, and granddaughter Halie Funderburk.
The family would like to thank the staff of Westwood Manor Nursing Home and Emeritus at Lake Charles for their kindness and compassion towards our mother.