Leibensperger nee Copling, Georgia Elizabeth

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
Time: 10:00 Am

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the Alzheimer's Association.


Georgia Elizabeth Leibensperger of St. Clair, MO, formerly Lonedell, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on January 2, 2015, having reached the age of ninety-four years, one month and fourteen days. Georgia was born in Leasburg, MO, on November 19, 1920, daughter of Arthur Pinkney Copling and Merle Sarah Copling nee Mize. As a young woman, she was united in marriage and blessed to have one son. On April 19, 1947, she was united in marriage to Francis Leslie Leibensperger, known to most as Frank, and two daughters came to bless this union.

Georgia is survived by one son, David Hughes and wife, Celeste, of Lonedell, MO; by one daughter, Georgia Miller of Union, MO; by her son-in-law, Jack Vorhees of Wildwood, MO; by two brothers, Robert Copling of Leasburg, MO and Arthur Copling and wife, Margaret, of Jonesburg, MO; by one sister, Ethel Adams of Chicago, IL; by eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Georgia was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Merle Copling; by her husband, Frank Leibensperger; by her daughter, Ruth Vorhees; by one brother, Herbert Copling; and by three sisters, Helen Reiner, Hester Land and Geneva Richardson.

Georgia was a Christian and member of the First Assembly of God Church in St. Clair, MO. She had made caring for others her career in life and received her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She worked at several hospitals as a young woman prior to beginning her career at, Sullivan Hospital, now known as Missouri Baptist Hospital, in Sullivan, MO. She was employed when the hospital opened and stayed with them for thirty-seven years. Always an active lady, after retiring Georgia decided to open a restaurant and so founded Georgia’s Restaurant in Lonedell, MO, now known as the Finish Line. As busy as she was, she still found time to volunteer each week to work at the Agape Thrift Store in St. Clair. She enjoyed other hobbies as well, including embroidery and quilting. Nothing made her happier than to be surrounded by her family and many wonderful memories were created.

A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Monday, January 5, 2015, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Lynn Stroup officiating. Interment was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.