Jean McArthur (McArthur) Coffey

Born: Sun., Mar. 21, 1926
Died: Wed., May 29, 2019

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Mon., Jun. 10, 2019
Location: Riverview Cemetery

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It is with great sadness and sorrow we announce the death of our beloved Mother, Jean McArthur Coffey, on May 29, 2019 She was born March 21 1926 to Emily Orris (Jordan) and Alan McArthur in Chicago Illinois. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Richard Elwin Coffey. Also preceding her in death, Daughter, Jean Coffey Fairbanks, Brother, James McArthur, and grandchildren, Ryan Thomas, and Anna Rose Coffey. 

She graduated from the Loring School for Girls in 1943 and Depauw University in 1947. 

She obtained her pilots license when she was a mere 16 flying her first solo flight 1942. 

She leaves behind a Daughter, Emily Ann Coffey Bell (Jon) Sons, Richard Alan (Debrorah) and Thomas O’Neal (Suzanne). Nine grandchildren, Rac Coffey (Mandy), Meg Coffey, Zachary A Bell (Lindsey), Adam M Bell, Emily Main ( Alex), Spencer Coffey, Dylan Coffey, Libby Coffey, Chandler Fairbanks, and five great grandchildren Evelyn Jean and Connor Main, Aiden and Sloane Coffey, and A.J. Williams She also leaves behind her dearly loved nieces and nephews.

She was one of the rare ones, so effortlessly herself, and the world loved her for it.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 10th at Riverview Cemetery. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

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Emily Ann Coffey
   Posted Sun June 02, 2019
I will love you always and forever Mother. You mean the world to me and will be forever in my heart. You were a fine lady, feisty and our Matriarch and we all loved for it. I’ll be back in you arms someday and until then don’t argue to much about controlling heaven. Gods had experience.

Mary Wunder
   Posted Mon June 03, 2019
I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Thought and prayers to you and your family.

Debra Rogers Kinney
   Posted Mon June 03, 2019
Emily, Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was a sweet and kind person. I will miss seeing her out and about.

Affordable Hearing Store
   Posted Tue June 04, 2019
So sorry to hear of Jean's passing! At every encounter, she was so pleasant and refined; a true representation of sophistication and class. What an interesting life she lived. On behalf of the staff of the Affordable Hearing Store, please accept our condolences. Our prayers are with Jean's family and friends as they navigate this difficult season.-Erin, Jackie, and David

Tom Cath
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
We are sorry to hear about Jean's passing but are comforted to know she lived a full life with a loving family. Nothing but fond memories. We will miss her. The Cath's