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04/29/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Claudia Steele Coffey

Claudia Ruth Steele Coffey
(d. 27 Apr 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1961

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I was saddened this morning to read of the death of   Claudia Steele Coffey, Class of 1961,  The widow of John Coffey, she passed away in Portsmouth on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the age of 67. 

   I remember Claudia's effervescent personality in high school - always cheerful, friendly, and smiling; I did not know she was ill.

From the Daily Press - 04/29/11:

      Claudia Steele Coffey
      PORTSMOUTH - Claudia Steele Coffey, 67, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. She was a native of Newport News and a member of Noland Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Coffey was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, John Coffey.
She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer C. Duke; son, John E. Coffey Jr. and his wife, Lisa H. Coffey; grandchildren, Jimmy Duke and Nicholas Coffey; brothers-in-law, Donald C. Coffey Jr. and his wife, Scarlett, Robert C. Coffey and his wife, Iris; sister-in-law, Sarah C. Spencer and husband, Sammy; nieces, Denise, Kimberly, Melissa, Carolyn, and Patty; nephew, Clyde.



A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday by pastor Chuck Root in Loving Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, P.O. Box 12693, Norfolk, VA 23541 or to the Noland Memorial United Methodist Church 5501 Huntington Ave., Newport News, VA 23606.

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April 29, 2011
To the Family of Claudia Coffey, I had the pleasure of working with Claudia at John F. Kennedy High School, June 1983 - April 1984. I was fresh out of college and she welcomed me with open arms. She often shared stories with me about her family and how proud she was of each of you. I truly enjoyed working with her. She will be greatly missed. I will keep each of you in my prayers. Cheryl King Evans

~ Cheryl King Evans, Chesapeake, Virginia

April 30, 2011
Robert and Iris,
We send our deepest sympathies to the Coffey family for the loss of Claudia. We know too well how hard it is to watch someone we love slip away and lose that special someone. May God comfort and keep you close to Him.
God Bless!
Jerry and Judy

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Claudia's family and friends at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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