Edith Ann Schuler

Edith Ann Schuler


Edith Ann Schuler, 89, of Oklahoma City, OK, fell asleep in death on March 17, 2024, surrounded by her children. Born on November 9, 1934, in Stillwater, OK, Edith was the youngest of 11 children to Irl and Albie Copley. She cherished her family and developed a love for bicycles at an early age, sparked by her first tricycle at 2 years old. Edith married Bill Patterson at 17 and was blessed with six children. As a devoted homemaker, she shared her talents in singing, cooking, and sewing, leaving a legacy of love and cherished memories with her family. Edith also had a successful career, including roles at J. C. Penny and as Assistant Vice-President at Liberty National Bank.

Her passion for life extended to her hobbies, including cooking, art, and sewing, which she pursued until her final weeks. Edith’s study of the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses brought her immense joy and purpose. She was baptized on November 10, 1973, finding comfort and hope in the scriptures. 

Edith was preceded in death by her parents, 9 siblings, daughters Nancy Teague and Ann Wittmann and grandson John Michael Duke. She is survived by her brother Albert Copley & wife Zella, children Glen Patterson & wife Lea Ann, Karen Gotcher & husband Tom, Margaret Carter & husband Mike, Cindy Williams & husband James, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, leaving behind a legacy of love, faith, and cherished memories. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and community at Heritage Assisted Living.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 10:30am at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S Kelly Ave, Edmond, OK 73003. We will be live streaming this service. To watch the service CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube page. Click on ‘Videos’, then ‘Live Streams’.

11 thoughts on “Edith Ann Schuler”

  1. Cheryl Wolfe

    Edith will surely be missed by all. Sincere condolences to her large, loving and supportive family members. Edith was very instrumental in me becoming Jehovah’s friend. I worked with her at 1st National Bank downtown in the Visa Credit Card department. She was such a positive example and so pleasant to be around. We even rode the bus together to and from work and she would share encouraging Bible thoughts with me. She often talked about her children with such great love. Who knew that one day in the future these children and her grandchildren would someday be some of my closest friends. So sorry for your loss.

    1. Meg Rinehart

      I had no idea you worked together there! That is so special. Thank you for sharing.

    2. Brittany Olson

      I don’t think I knew until very recently that you two had worked together and I look forward to hearing more stories about her from you!

  2. Kristin Hesser Sawyer

    Sincere condolences to Edith’s immediate family, and to all of the extended Copley family members. Aunt Edith, you will be missed by so many people whose lives you touched! I’ve known you for all of my lifetime and have many fond memories of us growing up together. I always thought you were the “sister I never had!” One of my earliest memories of our times together was the time I crawled under your Mom’s treadle sewing machine to operate the pedal because you were too short to sit on that piano stool to sew and reach the pedal at the same time! You told me, “stop” or “go” with each seam that you sewed! (What a sight we must have been!)

    1. Brittany Olson

      What a funny sight to imagine you two sewing together! It’s really neat to think about her love of seeing having started at an early age. It’s one of the things she truly enjoyed up until her last weeks of life. She even talked about it in the hospital as she drifted in and out of sleep, dreaming about the details on her current apron design and then telling my mother (Karen) that she was going to have to finish it for her.

    2. cindy williams

      Love this story, I can show picture you guys getting into all kinds of trouble together. Mom has always told me how close you guys were almost like sisters. I always thought of you as an aunt, but I guess you’re technically my cousin. Thanks for sharing the story Kristin.💗

    3. Mikala Peña

      I love this story! I think that might be the sewing machine that Grandma Edith gave me. She said it had been her mother’s. At some point in time it was converted to electric but it’s still in the original sewing cabinet just with the treadle missing.

  3. To all the family Edith. I didn’t know Edith very well, but knowing her kids and grand kids tells me about who she is. They no doubt are a beautiful reflection of her. Knowing that she faithfully served Jehovah for many years tells me even more about her.
    I know this is a very difficult time. Please know that my heart goes out to all of you. Tender affection. Jan

  4. Kirby Loren Martin

    Dearest Edith Copley Ann Schuler family,
    Our sincerest condolences from the Martin family. I do wish I had gotten to know my Aunt Edith better, but it was always fun visiting because of all my cute cousins. I am forever grateful that she and some of the cousins were there for my family when my Mother Olive Genette Copley Martin passed. It meant a lot to me. Unfortunately, I am 12,000 miles away now living the dream in Indonesia, or I would otherwise attend. I do feel her presence here though, and will be attending online as long as my internet will allow.

    Our love and affection and big hugs,
    Kirby, Nety, and Michael Martin

  5. Patricia McCaskill

    To all my Patterson cousins and families, I am so sorry that I am unable to be there. Aunt Edith was always so much fun to be around. I remember when I lived with Grandma and Grandpa Copley and she still lived at home. Your dad would come pick her up for dates in his work truck (Tom’s) and I was just a toddler. Later, you were some of the cousins I would have the most fun with. So many wonderful memories. I would like to join for her service, but am having some problems getting on, so if I don’t, please know that I am thinking of all of you and praying for you too.

    Much Love,
    Pat McCaskill and family.

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