Ann Copeland of Hayden, who died Thursday night in a four-wheeling accident, is pictured in May 2007 at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, after a 21-year career there.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Ann Copeland of Hayden, who died Thursday night in a four-wheeling accident, is pictured in May 2007 at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, after a 21-year career there.

Copeland services planned for Sunday

Hayden resident was killed last week in 4-wheeler accident


Services planned

Ann Copeland's memorial service is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hayden High School gym, with a wake at 6 p.m. at the HiWay Bar, 136 E. Jefferson Ave.

First National Bank of the Rockies is accepting donations for a memorial scholarship at all locations.

— Hayden will say goodbye to Ann Copeland with a memorial service and wake Sunday.

Copeland was killed Thursday when her four-wheeler rolled on her ranch south of Hayden. Her husband, Kevin, is planning the service and has set up a scholarship fund in his wife's memory. Copeland's mother, Pat Holderness, predicted a large turnout at the service.

"I expect it to entail a lot of friends from a large area and a lot of hugging and crying, and I hope flowers, because she loved flowers," Holderness said.

Family members already will be in town because they had planned a family reunion for the weekend, she said. Ann and Kevin Copeland's sons, Seth and Tanner, also have returned, Holderness said.

The scholarship fund in Ann Copeland's name is in the care of First National Bank of the Rockies. People who want to donate can do so at any branch.

"It's something that kind of lives on and helps other people, too, and I think she would have liked that," Holderness said.

The service will be at Hayden High School, and a wake will follow.

"I think it's what Ann wanted," Holderness said. "She didn't want a funeral. We're going to have a wake at the HiWay Bar - and she wasn't even Irish."

Copeland was Hayden, through and through. She was the fourth generation of Yampa Valley residents on her mother's and father's sides. Copeland's father is Wes Signs.

Copeland worked at Yampa Valley Regional Airport for two decades. She led the Hayden Marketplace, creating jewelry under the name Annie's Antics, according to an e-mail from Hayden Chamber President Joyce Folley.

She and Kevin ran the Pyramid Llama Ranch, and Ann Copeland served on the board of directors of the Hayden Chamber of Commerce. She also worked to promote cultural heritage tourism in the area.

Bryan Rickman, chief of the West Routt Fire Protection District, was among those who responded to the call at the Copelands' house late Thursday. Kevin Copeland went looking for Ann after she didn't return from spraying weeds. The four-wheeler she was riding had rolled over her, Rickman said.

"It was almost dark when he found her, and we actually had to search about two hours to find her. : We responded with about four people, and Search and Rescue responded also," Rickman said. "And I think it was actually Search and Rescue who wound up finding her."

The Copelands' Pyramid Llama Ranch is near Rio Blanco County, and the wreck occurred in that county. The Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Department also responded. Copeland was spraying weeds and riding on a "moderate slope," Rickman said. She was riding parallel to the slope, so one set of wheels was higher than the other.

Rickman said he didn't know when the accident occurred. Copeland wasn't found until close to midnight, he said.

"When we got to her, it was obvious that there was nothing we were going to be able to do," Rickman said.

The community has overflowed with love for Copeland, Holderness said.

"I've had strangers come up to me and hug me and say, 'I was a friend of Ann,'" she said.


powerof3smith 7 years, 9 months ago

Thank you to Search and Rescue for their efforts in this recovery. Unfortunately the quotes in this article made it sound as if Rickman and Search and Rescue were the ones to initially find Ann. Let us not forget in this tragedy, that is was actually her spouse that found her and who knew that nothing could be done. Search and Rescue then had to relocate the site to assist further after they had been contacted. Thank you to all the friends, family, and community who have reached out to each other at this sad time.


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