Margaret Helen Ward Coffman, 87, a lifelong resident of 19 First St., Elkins, until entering the Elkins Regional Convalescent Center, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2002, at 9:45 a.m. in the Convalescent Center. She had been in her usual health and death was sudden and unexpected.
She was born Feb. 17, 1915, in Elkins, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary “Molly” O’Neil Ward.
On May 6, 1944, in Elkins, she was united in marriage by the late Rev. Joseph R. Sieber to Monson G. Coffman, who preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1973.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Greg (Karen A.) Borzok of Harrisburg, Pa., and Mrs. John (Mary L.) Butcher of Arlington, Va.; two sons, James W. Coffman and wife, Bonnie, of Oakton, Va., and J. Thomas Coffman and wife, Rhonda, of Elkins; six grandchildren, Monson Anthony Borzok, Kathryn Marie Coffman, James Matthew Coffman, Nicholas Robert Coffman, Andrew Paul Coffman and Cassandra Marie Coffman; one great-grandson, Lucas Michael Pound; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by one sister, Sister Mary Etheldreda Ward; two brothers, Eugene and John J. Ward; and one grandson, Colin Ross Coffman.
She was a graduate of Elkins High School and Davis & Elkins College. She was employed as a legal secretary for the late Judge Earl Maxwell. Until the mid 1980s, she was the coordinator for the Randolph County Meals-on-wheels Program and also served as the past secretary for the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church.
Friends will be received at F.E. Runner Funeral Home Chapel today after 6 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Brendan Catholic Church Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Father William Anderson will preside. A prayer service will be led by Sister Mary Ella Morrison today at 7 p.m. from the Runner Chapel. Interment will follow in St. Brendan Catholic Cemetery.