Joan Coffey (1937 - 2012)

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Joan Coffey, 74, of Virginia, died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 9, 1937, in Virginia, the daughter of Howard P. and Beulah Alice Gerdes Anderson.

She married Ronald Cobren, now deceased, and they were parents of a surviving son, Ronald L. "Butch" Cobren (wife, Betty), two grandchildren, Kenny Shelby (wife, Stephanie) and Jessica LeMar (husband, Jason), and four great-grandchildren, Lucas, Jacob and Rebecca Shelby and Lauren LeMar.

She later married Bill Bateman, now deceased, and they were parents of a son, William "Bill" Bateman Jr., two grandchildren, Jennifer Blean (husband, John) and Cayli Bateman, and a great-grandchild, Jacob Blean.

She later married Haden Coffey who preceded her in death in 2007.

She is also survived by a sister, Charlene B. Anderson; four brothers, Lyle Anderson (deceased wife, Kay), George W. Anderson (wife, Judy), Andrew L. Anderson (wife, Shirley) and Leroy Anderson (wife, Edra); seven stepchildren, Linda Bateman Sutton (husband, Dean), Karen Buck (husband, Mike), Kenneth Coffey, Kathy Long, Haden "Hoss" Coffey (wife, Tanna), Kay Grebe and Tina O'Keefe; 28 stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; two stepgreat-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and a special friend, Mary Coffey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a stepson, Kevin Coffey; a brother, Richard W. Anderson (surviving wife, Carol); two sisters, Mary Murphy and a sister in infancy; two half brothers, Robert H. Anderson and Wilbur Anderson (surviving wife, Beverly); and a half sister, Helen Anderson Smith.

Mrs. Coffey was a 1957 graduate of Virginia High School and worked as a beauty operator for several years. A talented cook, she was employed in the kitchen at Jacksonville Country Club and numerous area restaurants. For four years, she operated the Hiway House Restaurant in Virginia with her husband, Haden. She retired as head dietician from Walker Nursing Home in Virginia following 31 years of service.

She was a member of the Virginia United Methodist Church and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and crossword puzzles in her spare time. She was a founding member and past president of the Virginia Lioness Club and, following their merger with the Virginia Lions Club, she served multiple terms as president of that organization. She also devoted as much time as possible to her many grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon Thursday at the Virginia United Methodist Church, with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet friends at the church from 11 a.m. Thursday until the time of services. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Virginia United Methodist Church. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home of Virginia is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Apr. 10, 2012
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