Surrounded by family members at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Dorothy “Dottie” D. Coffman, 77, of Lawrence, left the struggles of this life to enter into an eternal existence with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 11, 2014. Dorothy entered this life on September 3, 1936 in Pittsburg, Kansas, the eldest of five children of Mulford E and Evelyn B (Elston) Gentry. The family moved to Lawrence in the early 1940’s and Dorothy received her education in Lawrence, graduating from Lawrence Memorial High School in 1954. On July 7, 1963, she married Ronald Coffman in Lawrence. Dorothy worked at Hallmark Cards for five years and then elected to be a stay at home Mom. Dorothy was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary. She volunteered with the PTA at Sunset Hills School for many years. She was a self-taught artist and she created many paintings; she gave painting classes for a period of time. Dorothy’s cheerful and giving attitude was known and appreciated by many.
She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ronald Coffman, of the home, a son, Jeff, Lawrence, and a daughter, Chris Haupt, Little Rock, Arkansas; two grandsons, Will and Shane Haupt, and one great-grandchild, all of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also survived by her brother, Gene Gentry (Marge), and by three sisters, Sue Gibbons, Mary Gray, and Janie Daniel (Harold), all of Lawrence.
Visitation will be at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on July 16, 2014 at the funeral home at 10:00 am with burial services to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Messages & Condolences
Jeff, I am so sad to learn of your mom’s passing. Even though I have not seen her in several years, I remember her incredible love for you and her kindness toward others. May you be comforted by knowing that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
Ron and family
Mike and I are so sorry to hear of Dottie’s passing .
Please accept our heart felt condolences .
Dottie’s smile and hugs made our daughter Laura’s day when you shopped at Dillion’s .
Mike, Debbie and Laura
Ron, saddened to learn of Dottie’s passing. You have been an excellent care giver for so many years. She was a very nice lady.
Chris, I am so sorry for your loss but heaven’s gain. I have no idea what you are going through. May you find God’s presence with you through this time of grief. My prayers go out to you, your dad and brother.
Ronnie – sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She fought a long battle and with you by her side every step of the way. God bless you and may you now feel peace for her and yourself.
Ronnie, was sad to read about Dottie in the paper this morning. She has earned a place in heaven. And you my friend have also earned a place there to someday. She would not have gotten along, with out your wonderful care. God bless you my friend.
Jeff, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a lovely lady. I have fond memories of visiting with her at different times when you and my son, John, were friends growing up. May our Lord comfort you and your family at this sad time.
Ronny and Jeff, so saddened to see where “Dottie” has gone to a better place, she was a fighter for a long time, and you a great caregiver at her side the whole way. Will be out of town for the services but you two will be in our prayers
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