Mary Catherine “Catte” Coffman passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 surrounded by her family. The funeral will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Reverends John F. Taylor Jr. and Katie Gosswein will officiate. Burial will follow in Conicville Cemetery.
Catte was born December 22, 1926 in Conicville, at the Bowman Homeplace to Clacy and Arlene Coffman. She was a vibrant, independent woman, who lived life on her own terms. As a young woman she moved to Arlington, VA and worked at the National Radio Institute in Washington, DC. She later retired from the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst. After retirement, she moved back to the Shenandoah Valley and worked as a clerk and bookkeeper at The Shenvalee.
In her later years, Catte filled her time lunching with friends at Ben Franklin’s diner, doting on her cousins’ children, as well as caring for her ailing mother and uncle. She loved children and animals, particularly her cats Patch and Charlotte.
Catte is survived by her cousins Linda E. Fadely (Ray) of Edinburg, Sue Funkhouser ( Bill ) of Conicville, Lori Fadely (Bert Adams) of Maurertown, Amy Funkhouser Rybicki (Jacob) of Fairfax, Jeremy Funkhouser (Jackie) of Harrisonburg, Lois Swartz (Paul) of Amherst, Ohio, Dorris Gibson (Bill) of Cary, NC, Roger Dellinger (Dorothy) of Advance, NC, Becky Bowman (Philip) of Mt. Jackson, Betty Wisman of Edinburg, Charlotte Poland of Edinburg, their families, many other cousins, and her beloved furry friend Miss Charlotte. She was an amazing woman and will be sorely missed.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Church of Christ Cemetery, C/o Steve Baker, P.O. Box 968, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842; Rinker Coffman Cemetery Fund, C/o C. Sue Funkhouser, 543 Dodson Road, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 or Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg, VA 22824.