Mary Catherine “Catte” Coffman

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.

This entry was posted in Obituaries & Condolences. Bookmark the permalink.

One Condolence to Mary Catherine “Catte” Coffman

  1. J Nunnally says:

    I am sorry to learn of your family sorrow. The passing of a love one is painful. You have my deepest sympathy. I’d like to share scripture that may bring comfort and hope.

    1Thes. 4:13, 14 reads…Moreover, brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who are sleeping in death, so that you may not sorrow as the rest do who have no hope. If we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.

    John 11:25 lets us know this…Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.

    Daniel 12:2 also lets us know…And many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up, some to everlasting life….

    John 6:40 tells us why these words are faithful and true…For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life and I will resurrect him on the last day.

    I sincerely want these scriptures to bring hope and help your family endure.