Bethel A. Coplea, age 96, of Gibson City, formerly of Kankakee, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the Gibson Hospital Annex in Gibson City. 

She was born October 5, 1924 in Essex Township, the daughter of James & Hazel (Huber) King. Bethel married Wayne W. R. Coplea on February 27, 1943 in Mineral Wells, TX. He preceded her in death in 1958. 

 She was a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich and a former parishioner of St. Rose Catholic Church in Kankakee. 

Surviving are three sons and three daughters-in-law, Wayne J. & Judy Coplea of Cary, NC, Marty & Lois Coplea of Tucson, AZ, and Don & Sandra Coplea of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Beth & Gerry Donley of Athens, AL and Lorrie & Glen Robinson of Birmingham, AL; ten grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and one sister, Gladys Peters of Clifton. 

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the 11 a.m. funeral service on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kankakee. Memorials may be made to Gibson Hospital Annex in Gibson City, IL. Please sign her guestbook at