Contributed by Pete and Nicki Copeland

What can I say about mum that hasn’t already been said? Plenty, actually, but I’d need to write volumes.


This amazing woman changed my whole life. I was living a pretty mundane life, and then I met this amazing gift from God. I am now happier than I’ve ever been, and all because of one woman and her love for waifs and strays. Through Mum I met and fell in love with Jesus, and through Mum I met and fell in love with the woman of my dreams.


Mum inspired me; she was my rock and my foundation; she was my shining light and my beacon. She was my mum, and she will be forever. Mum touched not only my life; she also touched the lives of countless other people. Mum was incredible in every sense of the word.


I love you, Mum


Pete xx


Rita was the very first person to welcome me when I came with my family to the church around 15 years ago. She didn’t know me, yet she invited me round for coffee.


She has always been there for me and my children, including at the most difficult times. Her love, encouragement and generosity in so many ways has blown me away.


It is Rita that Pete and I have to thank for bringing us together. Once again, she welcomed into her home someone she didn’t know, accepted him and loved him. She wouldn’t take no for an answer when she invited him to church, and eventually he gave in!


That’s where I met him. Rita and I would often joke that she just about forgave me for stealing him away from her. But we know she was genuinely over the moon to see us together, and to have been more than a little instrumental in bringing it about!


Rita, I love you and I miss you so much. I’m so glad that Jesus came for you in exactly the way you wanted him to. Rest in peace in the arms of the one you love, and I look forward to sharing a meal with you in your heavenly kitchen.


All my love,

Nicki xx


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