Mary Coffey was born Mary Virginia Robinson, March 16, 1925, southwest of Middletown, Indiana, in the Possum Glory community of Madison County, Indiana.
She was the fourth child of Fred and Edith Robinson. She attended Fall Creek Heights Elementary School and graduated from Markleville High School in 1943.
During World War II, she worked the night shift at Delco Remy in Anderson and operated a Farmall tractor, cultivating corn, with her father while her older brothers served in the war.
Mary went to Ball State University and studied elementary education. She taught at Fall Creek Heights, Cadiz and Wilbur Wright Elementary school in New Castle. She retired from teaching in 1975.
In 1972 Mary had a new home built on the family farm at Maple Lane near Cadiz; where, following the death of her mother in 1968, she became the primary caregiver for her father until his death in 1983.
In 1992 Mary married James Neil Coffey. They lived at Maple Lane until 2014 when they moved to New Albany, Indiana.
In the 1950s, Mary obtained her pilot's license and logged many hours in a single engine Cessna flying out of the airport at Middletown. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, gardening and her many dogs and cats.
Throughout her life, Mary held firm to the Christian faith and worshipped at Cadiz Christian Church.
Mary was preceded into Life with our Savior by her parents; her husband; her sister, Barbara Edwards; and her brother, Joseph Robinson.
She leaves wonderful memories with friends and family, including brothers Ben Robinson, of Alexandria, Virginia, and Jack Robinson of Raleigh, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Clairbelle Robinson of Lebanon; daughter Lori Hawk of Pekin; grandson Daniel Hawk; two great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews whom she loved and for whom she regularly prayed.
Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, 3406 South Memorial Drive, New Castle. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Hosparus Health, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive, Louisville, KY 40205.
Condolences and memories of Mary may be shared at www.hinsey-brown.com.
Published on May 23, 2017