Thelma Millikin Coatney, 85, of Bloomington, went home to be with her Lord Sunday (Feb. 3, 2019) at The Villas at Hollybrook, Bloomington.
She was born June 21, 1933, on a farm in Perry County, daughter of Charles and Frances Millikin. Three sisters and a brother preceded her in death. Thelma graduated from Pinckneyville High School and also from Southern Illinois University in 1956 where she was also a lifetime member of the SIU Alumni Association.
She married Willis Coatney on Dec. 18, 1955, and they enjoyed 63 years together. He survives along with her three daughters, Nancy (Rick) Hoffarth, Harrisburg, N.C.; Sherry (David Niemi) Coatney, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Ann Coatney, Denver; three grandchildren, Katie (David) Tasillo, Will (Erin) Hoffarth and Sheri Hoffarth; and three great-grandchildren, Cooper and Kennedy Tasillo and Elias Hoffarth.
Thelma was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomington and was also involved in the Tuesday morning Bible study group and a former Stephen minister. She was also a member of FM Chapter of PEO. She retired from Commerce Bank in 1994 after many years as an executive secretary. After her retirement she volunteered for many years as a teacher of adult GED students, as well as with Faith in Action. Thelma and Will loved golf and often played together. She was a part of the ISU ladies league. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, playing bridge and other games, traveling to new places and visiting her children and grandchildren.
She will be missed for her love of the Lord, being a prayer warrior and laughing with friends and family.
A memorial service to honor her life will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington. The Rev. Sara Isbell will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at the church. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wesley United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be left at www.calvertmemorial.com.