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Arlene Coffey

December 20, 1938 — March 19, 2017

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
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

1704 N Court St, Marion, IL 62959

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