La Frieda M. Coomes, also known as "Miss Peachy," passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at her home in Las Cruces. She was almost 89 years old. La Frieda was born on Jan. 15, 1924, in Estill, Ky. She was the ninth child of William Raney Mullins and Emma Lou Mullins. After graduating from high school in Maryland, she enrolled in the Cadet Nurse Corps Program during World War II. She received her RN degree shortly after the end of the war, therefore she did not serve in active duty. La Frieda continued her nursing career for 40 years, primarily serving the citizens of Harford County, Md. On May 9, 1954, La Frieda married Paul William Coomes. They had three daughters. La Frieda and Paul resided in the same home they built together, in Bel Air, Md. for their entire marriage of 42 years. During their marriage, Paul and La Frieda were active members of their church, where they served the Lord and the congregation faithfully. After Paul's death in 1996, La Frieda moved to Las Cruces to be closer to her daughters. In Las Cruces, La Frieda thrived with her love of life, family and God. She was very active in her church, the University Church of Christ. There, she was a member of the Dorcas Ministry, sewing hundreds of quilts for needy families all over the world. La Frieda loved to sew. Almost every member of her family has a beautiful quilt, lovingly designed and stitched by her precious hands. Most of all, her passion was for the Lord. La Frieda was baptized on Jan. 19, 1943 in a creek in Globe, Ky. She devoutly studied her Bible and always had a song of praise in her heart. If anyone has ever truly displayed the spirit of God, it was her. Her warmth, kindness, gentleness, benevolence and positive attitude will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a shining light to anyone who ever met her. La Frieda is survived by her three daughters and their husbands; Paula and Robert Johnson, of Las Cruces; Brenda and John Bradshaw, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Emily and Peter Bennett of Las Cruces. She is also survived by six grandchildren, affectionately called varmits. They are Jared Johnson, Joel Johnson, John Bradshaw III and his wife Jamie, Paul William Bradshaw and his wife Elizabeth, Jasper Bennett Brusuelas and her husband Chris, and Hillary Bennett. She has two great grandchildren, Will and Hannah Bradshaw. La Frieda is survived by two sisters, Margie Whittaker of Hagerstown, Md. and Mary Hance of Cary, N.C. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dorcas Ministry, University Church of Christ, 1555 University Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88001
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on February 3, 2013