LILA JEAN (COFFEY) FLYNN (1930 - 2018)

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Lila Jean Coffey Flynn, age 88, a 16 year resident of Bullhead City, died peacefully Thursday, June 28, 2018 surrounded by family.

Affectionately known as Jean, she was the third child of John Riley Coffey and Julia Ann Pinalto Coffey born at home on June 24, 1930 in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a life-long Catholic attending Immaculate Conception School and St Anne's Academy in Fort Smith and was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church.

In 1953 She met Thomas Raymond Flynn who was stationed at the time at Camp Chaffee Army Training Base at the USO where she enjoyed dancing. They were married in Fort Smith on January 16, 1954. During her life she lived with her husband in Chicago and Mundelein, Ill., Brookfield, Wis., Santa Anna, Calif. and finally Bullhead City, Ariz. From the beginning of her married life she practiced sewing and various needle arts. She sewed clothes for her children, including an entire wardrobe for her daughter's Barbie dolls. She also practiced quilting, needlepoint, Hardanger and counted cross stitch. While living in California she was a member of the Embroiderer's Guild of America (EGA), Mountain View Chapter. She and her sister Rosemary enjoyed traveling to the EGA national conventions where they were students, teachers and tourists. Once she moved to Bullhead City the stitching continued with a group of California friends traveling annually to stay in Laughlin. Jean would spend the weekend with them stitching and visiting.

Jean was a charter member of the Foxy Red Hatters at the Reserve at Fox Creek in Bullhead City. She even served for a time as Queen Mum. She enjoyed many lunches, pot lucks, movies and other girl time activities with her fellow Red Hatters. She was an avid reader. A past time she shared with her husband, enjoying both traditional and e-readers. She shared and traded books with family and friends.

She was also a good cook. Her family and friends especially enjoyed her famous cheese cake and chocolate chip cookies. She supplied her children with chocolate chip cookies through their college years. Her grandchildren were known to have fights over those same cookies, so in order to keep the peace she baked each child their own batch.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Riley Coffey; and sister, Rosemary Coffey Altmiller.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Thomas of Bullhead City; daughter, Mary Catherine (Alan) Herring of Holbrook, Ariz.; son, John Riley (Barbara) Flynn of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grand- children, Erin Tyler of Gilbert, Ariz., Sean Tyler of Goodyear, Ariz; and Christina Flynn of Phoenix, Ariz; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be scheduled at a future date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Desert Lawn Funeral Home.
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Bullhead City, AZ 86442
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Published in Mohave Daily News Online from July 3 to July 11, 2018
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