Mary Louise Coates (1930 - 2012)

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Mary Louise Coates, 82, of Greenville, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville surrounded by her family.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Greenville Free Methodist Church, with the Rev. Doug Newton officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Greenville. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and before service time on Saturday, both at the church. Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Greenville Free Methodist Church or Greenville College.
Mrs. Coates was born on Oct. 7, 1930, in Fountain County, Ind., near Attica, the daughter of Joseph Edward and Cecile Eileen Brown Britt. She married the Rev. Herbert H. Coates on Sept. 7, 1951, in Lafayette, Ind.
She grew up on the family farm, and when she was 6, the family moved to West Lafayette, where she attended school and graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1948. She came to Greenville College, where she met her future husband. She returned home to help care for her father during his illness. She helped her husband in their ministry, and was called upon many times as organist and pianist. She was a member of Greenville Free Methodist Church/
She is survived by her husband; children, Charles Edward Coates and his wife Christine of Decatur, Celesta Kay and her husband the Rev. David Ball of New Berlin, Wis., the Rev. Herbert Wayne Coates and his wife Sheryl of Urbana, the Rev. Gerald Wesley Coates and his wife Janet of Decatur, and the Rev. Stephen Mark Coates and his wife Laura of Cam Lejeune, N.C.; grandchildren, Fadra, Olivia, Marjory, Joshua, Wesley and his wife Tiffany, Bryce, Sharla, Gregory and his wife Courtney, Kyle and his wife Katrina, Rachael and her husband Jeff, Stephen, Jonathan, Benjamin, Taryn, Kendra and Carson; great-grandchildren, Lydah, Eve and Aubrey; and sister, Virginia Holt of Omaha.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Georgianna Reese; and brother, Lewis Britt.
Funeral Home
Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home Ltd
203 West Oak Street
Greenville, IL 62246
(618) 664-0431
Published in The Leader-Union from Oct. 18 to Oct. 31, 2012
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