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C. Irene Coates, 84 of Grand Island, died Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 14 th at Trinity United
Methodist Church. Reverend Matthew Fowler will officiate. Burial
will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Beaver Crossing Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Mrs. Coates was born May 27, 1927 at Bond County, Illinois the daughter
of Harry and Ruth (Willeford) Stone.
Her husband, Reverend Harold Coates preceded her in death on October
Survivors are her sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Kris Coates
of Chapman, NE, The Reverend Dale Coates of Arnold, NE, Duane and Kim
Coates of Grand Island and Glenn and Amy Coates of Blair, NE; daughter-in-law,
Carole Coates of Parks, NE and sisters, Ruth Viola Dace of Sullivan,
Missouri and Louise Lewis of Hazelwood, Missouri.
Those also left to cherish her memory are grandchildren and their spouses,
Jennifer and Darrell Chancellor, Elizabeth and Tom Kehler, Michelle and
James Cowgill, Adam Coates and fiancé Jen, Angie and Tim Wolf,
Sarah and Estephan Ramos, Ashley and Andrew Smallwood, Mikala Coates
and fiancé Alex, Katie Coates and Allie Coates and ten great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was welcomed into heaven by son, Gary
Coates who died October 3, 2011 and her parents.
Irene lived on the family farm until age 11 when she moved to Sullivan,
Missouri where she graduated from Sullivan High School. She attended
Kendall College at Evanston, Illinois.
On June 20, 1947 she was united in marriage to Harold James Coates
Mr. Coates was a pastor having served many communities in Nebraska. Following
her husbands passing, Irene served three parishes. She retired
and moved to Grand Island in 1997.
Irene attended Faith United Methodist Church in Grand Island. She
was a member of the Community Concert Association; Literacy Council having
taught English as a second language; United Methodist Women, Church Women
United, Camp Farthest Out and Walk to Emmaus and was a 4-H Leader. While
in Madison, NE she helped start the Senior Citizens Center. Irene
took a leadership role in all of her church communities.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice