Iris A. Smith- Copenhaver, 95, of Danville, passed away at 3:25 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021, at Hawthorne Inn, in Danville.
Iris was born on May 17, 1926, in Rankin, Illinois, the daughter of Lewis and Alice A. (Watson) Davis. She married Earl Smith on February 8, 1946. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1986. She later married Irvin “Buck” Copenhaver on December 14, 1996, in Danville. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2008.
She is survived by two sons- John (Linda) Smith of Danville and Michael (Diana) Smith of Garland, Texas; one daughter- Lori (Jim) Keener of Rockford, Illinois; five grandchildren- Ryan (April) Smith, Jason (Meagan) Smith, Melissa (Greg) Colasinski, James “J.T.” Keener and Joshua (Morgan) Keener; nine great-grandchildren- Noah, Hannah, Christopher, Mitchell, Crystal, Reagan, Ethan, Jesse and Caleb; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one grandson- Chad Smith, two sisters- Emily Lou Davis and Doris Marie Hofbauer and two brothers- Albert and Richard Davis.
Iris graduated from East Lynn High School and later Danville Beauty School. She worked for several years as a hairdresser. She was a member of Farmer’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Iris enjoyed playing euchre, baking pies, cookies and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
A Celebration of her Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Darla Holden officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Potomac Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Iris’ life. Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.
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