Evelyn Joyce Bryza passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at St. Catherine's
Center, Waco. A private burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, followed by
a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey
Chapel with Rev. Shelton Markham officiating.
Evelyn was born April 19,
1923, to Richard Donaldson Rowley and Margaret Rosemond Graham Rowley in
Houston, Texas. She was raised in the Heights area of Houston and the family
spent the Depression years farming in Clinton, Louisiana. She married James
Lloyd Copeland during World War II, and to that union two sons were born, James
Lloyd Copeland, Jr., and Donald Ross Copeland. Their father preceded her in
death in 1987. She was a kindergarten teacher for Spring Branch Independent
School District, and subsequently an employee of the CPA firm, Sam Gainer and
Associates, of Houston. Evelyn married Robert Mark Bryza on April 17, 1996, in
Houston, and the couple later retired to Waco. They were active members of
Western Heights Baptist Church, where Evelyn taught the Esther Class for two
years. She was a member of the Rachael Class during the last year, and was also
a member of the Mission and Development Council and the Missions
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Mark Bryza in
2004, and by three of her four siblings, R.D. Rowley Jr. of Houston, Margie
Clare Myatt of Manvel and Vertna Seay of Houston.
Survivors include her
two sons, James Lloyd Copeland and wife, Jan, of Waco; and Donald Ross Copeland
of Houston; three granddaughters, Ashley Loeffler and husband, Lance, of
Houston; Lauren Trahan and husband, Beau, of Waco; and Claire Copeland of
Houston; great grandchildren, Elizabeth Loeffler, Caroline Loeffler, James
Loeffler and Abigail Trahan; and her sister, Margaret Russell, of Harlingen.
The family wishes to thank St. Catherine's Center, Providence Hospice
and Visiting Angels for their care and support.
Memorials may be made to
Western Heights Baptist Church. The family invites you to leave a message or
memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.wilkirsonhatchbailey.com