Goreville-Arlene Marie Delisle Coffey, 78, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Herrin Hospital.
Arlene was born on December 20, 1938 to Robert and Dorothy Delisle. She grew up in the Chicago, Roseland Area and attended Fenger High in Chicago.
Arlene gave birth to two sons, Richard S. and Robert A. from a previous marriage. She moved to Oahu, HI in 1964 and became the district manager of Presto Pride Cookware. She met her future husband in Oahu while he was serving in the military. Vernon M. Coffey was working with her part time when they fell in love. Arlene moved back to Chicago in 1966 and Vernon followed her and proposed. Arlene and Vernon were married July 23, 1966 in Chicago. They welcomed a new son, Timothy Coffey on December 10, 1967.
Arlene loved spending time with her grandbabies. She enjoyed camping, loved the outdoors and spending time with her husband. After raising her own children, her focus in life was providing care for numerous foster children. Arlene adopted and made some of them her own. Arlene has touched the lives of many.
Husband-Vernon Coffey of Goreville
Richard S. and Shanda Coffey of FL
Timothy and Elizabeth Coffey of Goreville
Tonya and Jeff Hoercher of Johnston City
Wendi and Jeremy Ritter of Herrin
Tina Coffey of Goreville
Brandon Coffey of Carbondale
Dawn Marie Campbell of Carterville
Vernon Coffey Jr. of Goreville
April and Alan Wakefield of TX
Melissa Neill of Alton
Timothy P. Coffey
Dennis J. and Nikki Coffey
Ashley Coffey and fiancé Scott Horn
Kelley Jo Ritter
Lori Lynn and Paul Hutson
Leslie & Tony Hickman
Chelsea and Nicholas Johnson
Wesson James Coffey
Braxton Taylor Coffey
One more on the way
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert A. Coffey and grandson, Joshua Ritter.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Dr. Ron Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11am until the time of service at the funeral home.
For those who prefer memorials may be made to CASA. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court Street, Marion, Illinois 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit bluefuneralhome.com