Margaret A. Hess

Margaret A. Hess

Margaret Anita Hess died Aug. 14, 2022.

Daughter of Anna “Marie” Copeland and Jason “Paul” Copeland Sr., Anita was the oldest of six children and was predeceased by her sister, Martha Annette Copeland, and brothers John and Jimmy Copeland as well as her parents. She was also predeceased by daughter Robin L. Cosca on July 29, 2012.

She is survived by daughter Kelly M. Dunbar (age 58) and son John E. Hess (age 48) and his partner Rhonda; sister Donna Engstrom and her husband Ron Engstrom; brother Paul Copeland and his wife Joy; grandchildren Garrett M. Dunbar, Tyler J. Dunbar, Tiana Hess, Tony Cosca, Acacia Dupuis and Brianna Heyne; great-grandchildren Sawyer Dunbar, Levi Dunbar, Logan Dunbar, Cooper Dupuis, Emilia Dupuis and, born shortly after her death, Harper Mae Gramelspacher.

Margaret was known to her friends, and family as Anita. Her brother Paul loved to call her Tita. She was a fierce protector of her children and her greatest joy was being with her children, grandchildren and, in recent years, her great-grandchildren.

Anita didn’t have an easy life, and she worked hard until she retired from Wiley’s Grocery Store at the age of 62. Despite not having a lot of material wealth, Anita was an expert at making her dollar stretch further than most people and she loved sending checks to her grandkids and great grandkids. Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday because she did not have the stress of gift giving. She showed her love by making the best macaroni and potato salads along with her holiday fudge and yeast rolls.

After retirement she eventually sold her home on Morgan Hill Road and moved to Kutras Gardens in Redding where she lived until 2021. In the summer of 2021 she moved to South Boston, Va., to be closer to her daughter and died in her home on Aug. 14, 2022. Her son John and daughter Kelly were by her side when she passed away.

A graveside service will be held at Hayfork Cemetery at noon Saturday, Nov. 26. All friends and family are invited and welcomed to share stories about Anita. A casual gathering will be held at the Roderick/Hayfork Senior Center for food, drink and celebration of Anita’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hayfork Cemetery or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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