Lois Marie Coffey
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Helena —Lois Marie O'Connell Coffey passed away peacefully of natural causes the evening of August 9, 2014 at Aspen Gardens in Helena.
Mom was born on September 20, 1924 to Richard and Mary (Johns) O'Connell at St. John's Hospital here in Helena. She would have turned 90 this September.
Mom grew up in Marysville, MT. After her father died, she and her brother, Howard moved with her mother to her grandmother's house on Broadway Street in Helena.
She attended St. Helena School and graduated from Cathedral High in 1942.
In high school mom sang in a little group with her two good friends Marge and Charleen. They even made a record. Mom was an usher at the Marlow. She cherished all the memories of such a unique and beautiful theater.
In 1946 a priest from Carroll College set her and Michael Coffey up on a blind date, they were married 2 years later. Mom worked at the Internal Revenue and Board of Health. After dad graduated from Carroll they moved to Forest Grove, OR where dad attended Optometry school. Dad graduated in 1954 and they moved to Bonners Ferry, ID before opening his practice in Helena.
Mom was a homemaker, a great cook, she made the best pasties and we still haven't duplicated her recipe for spareribs.
Mom was a lifelong member of the Cathedral of St. Helena. She was in a home demonstration group and always played in a couple different bridge clubs. She was an active walker and participated in many Governors' Cup and Race for the Cure. She had many cousins and lifelong friends in town. They were always on the go.
Dad passed away in 1994 and a couple of years later, mom met Jack Lowney. They spent many wonderful years traveling and enjoying each other's company. We love you Jack!
About 8 years ago mom developed Dementia and Alzheimer's. Aspen Gardens has been her home since. We are so grateful to Amy, Sherrie, Kathy and all the staff. They always treated mom like family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Michael, brother Howard and infant son. Mom is survived by daughters Colleen and Betsy of Helena, sons James (Kathy) of Great Falls, Richard (Amber) of Helena. She was a loving grandmother to Jade, Page, James, Michelle, Matthew, Faith, Kayla, Cody, Matthew, Tanner, Hanna, Oktavia, River and Alyna, along with 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom had an infectious personality and was loved by all who knew her.
Visitation will begin at noon Wednesday, August 13th, at Retz Funeral Home, 315 E. 6th Ave, Helena, Montana, 59601. The family will begin receiving friends at 5 p.m. with a vigil service to be held at 6 p.m., at Retz Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Thursday, August 14th, at the Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing St., Helena. A reception will immediately follow the Mass, at the Cathedral of St. Helena, in the Brondel Center. Cremation will follow the Mass. Burial will be at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials in Lois's name may be made to the Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing St., Helena, Montana, 59601, to Aspen Gardens, 13 Bumblebee Ct., Helena, Montana, 59601 or to donor's choice. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Lois.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 14, 2014