Arlene Coffey

Dec 20th, 1938 - Mar 19th, 2017

Visitation:

Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Thu, Mar. 23rd, 2017 11am

Service:

Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Thu, Mar. 23rd, 2017 1pm

Arlene Coffey

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
Children:
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
Grandchildren:
Timothy P. Coffey
Dennis J. and Nikki Coffey
Ashley Coffey and fiancé Scott Horn
Emily Hoercher
Tabitha Hoercher
Jessica Ritter
Kelley Jo Ritter
Lori Lynn and Paul Hutson
Leslie & Tony Hickman
Chelsea and Nicholas Johnson
Dakota Coffey
Lana Tucker
Samantha Tucker
Kaylynn Campbell
Leelean Campbell
Lana Tucker
Tori Tucker
Samantha Tucker
Great grandchildren:
Wesson James Coffey
Braxton Taylor Coffey
Cayden Hickman
Jenny Hickman
Ali Hutson
Paul Hutson
One more on the way
Cousin-Dawn Gillano

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

9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Angelo A. Gillono

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    Date: March 21, 2017

    So sorry to see that my cousin Arlene has passed on. My sister Dawn M. Gillono and I had many days of fun when we were ever so young..RIP Cuz

  • Guest: Shiela Escobedo

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    Date: March 21, 2017

    My aunt Arlene was a beautiful woman inside and out. I will never forget the time that Dan came to his first family reunion, he was so Sha and unsure and she sat in his lap held him down and kiss him all over his face and told him how happy she was that he was a part of the family. She broke him in real good. I’ve never laughed so hard. That created a bond between the two of them for life. He truly loves her as well. You never knew what was coming next or what to expect out of her and that’s what I loved about her most. I am going to miss that beautiful smile and that laughter. I love you so pretty lady and I’m going to miss you like crazy. ❤️

  • Guest: Judie and Carl Fairchild

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    Date: March 21, 2017

    Sending condolences to Vern and Arlene’s children and family. Arlene was so kind and caring and was a good friend to me. Sending prayers to the family during this time. I will treasure the fond memories I have for Arlene and the time we knew each other .

  • Guest: Sharon and Michael Stocker

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    Date: March 21, 2017

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
    God will give you strength during this time and after.
    Her smile was a very contagious smile for sure.
    God Speed Grandma Arlene

  • Guest: Tami Meredith

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    Date: March 21, 2017

    Thoughts and prayers for the entire family during this difficult time.

  • Guest: Linda Roshto

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    Date: March 21, 2017

    So sorry to hear this. Aunt Arlene was such a sweet
    woman. May she rest in peace.
    Love and prayers for the family.

  • Guest: Chelsea Johnson

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    Date: March 22, 2017

    Grandma Arlene you will be so missed. I am so blessed to have had you in my life and was so happy when I finally got to meet you when I was 11. I love you Grandma ❤️❤️

  • Guest: April

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    Date: March 23, 2017

    Arlene was my stepmom, although she was never able to exercise that role. I’m sure she would have excelled at it. I got to know her only as an adult. She was always bubbly to me and such a loving woman. I loved her very much and am proud to call her mom.

  • Guest: LaNora Myers McManus-Post

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    Date: March 27, 2017

    I love this lady though I did not keep in touch with her as I should have(and I regret that)I will miss her and that beautiful smile she always had on her face. My heart and prayers go out to Vernon and her children, and grand children. I always looked forward to our family reunion every year to get to see and be with her it’s not going to be the same with her.