Mary Louise Coffing

March 14, 1937 ‒ January 05, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Mary Louise Coffing peacefully went to be with Jesus on January 5th, 2021. She was born on March 14th, 1937 to the late Bernard and Monna (Porter) McMillan.  We are confident that when she stood before God she did not have a single bit of talent left and could say she used everything He gave her.

Mary was a member of the General Grand Chapter order of the Eastern Star, Green Valley United Methodist Church, and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

She worked at Schlairets, before going on to obtain a nursing degree and was then employed by Ohio Eastern Star and later Dr. Blackburn’s office. Lastly, she worked at Foster’s Pharmacy before retiring.

She volunteered at The Knox County Agricultural Museum and was an active member within her church and the community.

She loved spending time in the kitchen baking and cooking, was an avid seamstress, and enjoyed a good game of euchre with family and friends. Nothing was more important to her than spending quality time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was one of the most selfless people alive, always putting others before herself.

She is survived by son; Jeff Spearman, two daughters; Teresa (Bob) Woosley and Doreen (Trent) Baldwin, step daughter; Pam Fry and step-sons; Wesley Coffing, Jeffery (Paula) Coffing, Barth (Robyn) Coffing, Greg (Yovet) Coffing, Barry (Sandy) Coffing. Additionally, sisters-in-law; Darlene (Jim) Overly, Barbra Spearman, and Barb Spearman, grandchildren; Curtis (Tara) Miller, Keely Snyder, Tyler Baldwin, Anne (Jordan) Purvis, Joshua Baldwin, Emma Fry, Evan (Erica) Fry, Joel (Melissa) Coffing, Travis Coffing, Bryce (Melissa) Coffing, Bryan (Mia) Coffing, Brett (Marie) Coffing, Zach (Elizabeth) Coffing, Stacia Coffing, Asa (Betsy) Ulrey, Ty Ulrey, Amy Ulrey, and many great-grand children, nieces, and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her first husband James R. Spearman, second husband Arthur J. Coffing, brother, Rodney McMillan, sister, Neva (Richard) Moreland, brothers-in-law Jack Spearman, Don Spearman, Jerry (Carolyn) Spearman, and step-daughter Marilyn Ulrey.

She was loved by many, touched more lives than she will ever know, and will be missed dearly.

Words fail, emptiness fills

We stand in the in between

Letting go, but longing for more.

Deep sadness, too deep to express

Yet a peace that is only explainable by God.

You were a gift to many

a friend

a mother

a grandmother

a wife

a servant

a caretaker

a saint.

Oh that we would live like you did.

Love like you.

Care like you

Be generous like you.

Persevere like you.

Give like you.

Serve like you.

Be gentle like you.

Listen like you.

Pray like you.

Be constant like you.

We saw the goodness of God in you.

You were so good to us

A blessing to so many.

You did it.

You made it.

You finished the race laid out for you.

We weep, but the heavens rejoice.

You are now whole, healed, radiant.

You have met your Maker.

You are no longer suffering.

We can rest, knowing you are at peace.

We will miss you here, our mother, grandma, friend, aunt, our sweet Mary.

The family will have a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Knox County Animal Shelter (285 Columbus Rd Mount Vernon, OH 43050) or The Winter Sanctuary (P.O. Box 421 Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050).

 

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  • Jeff, Dory, Pam, Barry and the rest of the family,
    We are so sorry for the lost of your mother, she was such a sweet lady who touched so many lives. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow as only He can do.
    Sam, Bunny (Bartlett) and Jillian Vance

  • Mary was a very special, unique and wonderful person. She was kind, compassionate and strong. She was loved by so many. My heart goes out to all of her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mary and Neva were my favorite cousins! I have many fond memories of days gone by. She is now reunited with those she loved and lost, namely Jim. I grieve her loss and send sincere sympathy to the family. My love to all

  • Dory & Family,

    We are deeply sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. I am so glad we got a chance to meet her during our visit in September. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a very sweet lady. Wishing peace for all. Prayers and sympathy for all.

  • Mary was an all around beautiful lady who was a pleasure to be around.
    She was indeed a loving great grandma who was loved in return by her grandchildren.
    We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless you all.

  • Larry & Ann Spearman
    To all your family we wish to extend our heart felt Sympathy! What a beautiful person & she was such a kind & loving woman!
    She was so proud of all her children & grandchildren that was obvious at our many Family Reunions! She will be sadly missed!
    God Bless You All

  • Sorry for your loss. Your mom was one special lady. Always doing for others and loved her family !

    Thought and prayer for the family.

  • Sending you all love and hugs. Mary (aunt Mary) was such a beautiful person. I have so many wonderful memories of growing up and spending time at your house. In recent years I enjoyed playing cards with her. She loved family and friends! I know she is so proud of all of you! The world will not be the same. Love you all.

  • My deepest sympathy to all of you. Mary was such a remarkable person. I always looked up to her because she was so giving and thought of others before herself. She will be missed.
    Kathy

  • The lord has a special home for her in heaven . Prayers for your family in this time . I was so glad I got to thank her at Aunt Jaunita Pritchard service, for buying me Levi jeans and a football jersey with my last name on the back . This was a big deal to a girl in the 1970’s Sincerely Melinda Banks

  • What an amazing tribute to a truly remarkable woman! The poem was spot on, it said it all. Mary was a special person, so special in so many ways. She inspired me and I am sure countless others to reach deep down and be a better person. She just naturally had that effect on people because she was such a beautiful human being. I loved her and respected her dearly. She will be missed.
    Our deepest sympathies to the family and dear friends. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

  • Mary was a wonderful, caring and unselfish person who will certainly be missed by many. We were blessed to enjoy many years with her at Green Valley UMC.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,
    Steve and Katie Frazier

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. May God bless you with comfort and peace.

    Elaine Hillier and Cheryl White

  • Teresa, Doren and Jeff Spearman, so sorry to hear about your momma! To the rest of the Coffing family, thinking of you! Love Mike and Judy Moore

  • Many fond memories of Mary, a very caring individual with always a smile on her face and a lot of energy serving others.

  • Teresa, Keely and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Mary. She was a wonderful lady! What a big loss for your family. 💔
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gary and Holly Snyder

  • To all Spearman and Coffing family members:
    Mary Louise was a very wonderful person I have many fond memories of! Hugs and positive thoughts to all of you. Her wonderfulness will live on forever!
    She is now with many who are heavenly beings smiling and socializing with them once again! Love to all!

  • My fondest memories of Mary are from nearly 50 years ago–in the kitchen at Green Valley Chapel–preparing for a church dinner or making mincemeat for a UMW fundraiser. When the kids were little and I thought I’d never again get a full night’s sleep, she’d pat my arm and tell me that those years would fly by. How right she was. She was such a very special lady. Our sincere condolences.

    Mike and Peggy Streby

  • Doreen, Jeff, and Teresa,
    So sorry to hear this. She was a wonderful woman.
    May the memories made heal your heart.
    Love to you all.

  • What a beautiful tribute to your mom. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray your pain and sorrow is softened by your memories and you find comfort in knowing her spirit lives on eternally.

  • Your mom was a beautiful and kind person to everyone she meant. There is no greater loss than the loss of a mother. My deepest sympathy to each of you. Know that she will always be with you in memory as well as everything she taught you.

  • What a beautiful tribute to a special lady. We are sending our deepest sympathy and friendship to all of Mary’s family and friends. May your fond memories be with you forever, so that she is never forgotten. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • To the entire family,

    I am so so sorry for your loss! I absolutely adored Mary! Doreen and I have been friends since 6th grade so I have so many fond memories of Mary! She was a ray of sunshine inside and out. She will be truly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

    Love,
    Mary Jane (Meehan) Ferguson

  • My thoughts & prayers to the family. I had crossed paths with Mary several years ago and admired her. She was always so friendly whenever you saw her. – Jan Mast

  • My deepest sympathy. Mary was a former neighbor and a special friend. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

  • Mary was a wonderful step-sister in law. I am forever grateful to her for stepping in and helping raise my sister’s children. I considered her a friend as well as a welcomed friend of the family. Mary will be missed by many, but she leaves us with many happy memories. With love, Peggy Cochran Murphy

  • May God grant all a Blessed Condolence, Comfort,
    Strength and Peace.
    Little Jim Burch
    (from Mary’s 1955 Howard High School graduating class.)

  • May God grant all a Blessed Condolence, Comfort,
    Strength and Peace.
    (from Mary’s 1955 Howard High School graduating class.)

  • We are so sad for your loss. Mary’s presence at Green Valley UMC was deeply missed. She was a beautiful example of a soul dedicated not only to her faith and constant prayer but to her family, friends and community. I (Lynn) was blessed by her words of support and encouragement as a mother, and also in my walk to Emmaus. Our family was blessed by knowing her.

    You have our thoughts and prayers. May your sweetest memories of Mary bring you comfort and joy when you miss her most.

    Blessings, and peace,

    Lynn and Bob Burns, and family

  • Teresa, Jeff and Doreen and families,

    Your mom always had so much love for you and for everyone. She was kind and loving and so encouraging.

    May God comfort you with His love and strength and warm memories.

    In Christian Love,

    Vicki (Braddock) Brooks

  • Mary’s Family, Sending our deepest sympathy, and may Gods love comfort you in your time of need. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

    Jerry and Gwen Tharp and families.

  • Mary was my student when she was in LPN school at the career center. She was an excellent student. She had the qualities every nurse should have. Those are the ones that cannot be taught. She was a joy to all of those enrolled at that time; of course the patients loved her. My sympathy to all of her family and friends.

  • To the Spearman / Coffing / Cochran family,

    Our condolences and best wishes. Remember the life and try to accept the loss.

    Our love,

    Matt, Dawn and Lauren Brown
    (The Pennsylvania Branch of the tree)

  • I want to extend heartfelt condolences to Doreen, Teresa, Jeff and my Coffing cousins on the loss of your Mother. Mary was always a pleasure to be with and showed tremendous devotion to her family and friends. Her heart “cut a wide swath”.
    Sincerely, Rick Coffing

  • My sincere condolences. I sure did love your mom. Lots of good memories and one of my favorite babysitters from my childhood. What an amazing role model she was for me and a great Sunday School teacher. I pray someday to see her again and rejoice in the presence of Jesus together. Much love to your whole family.

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