March 23, 2010

George McDowell Coffey and Margaret Gloria Coffey

George and Margaret were also children of Dr. Richard Nightingale and Mae A. Gano Coffey.

George, a dentist for many years in Kansas, was born Jan. 4, 1894 in MO and died Jan. 1, 1969 in Ulysses, Grant Co., KS.  He was married to Helen Marjorie Miller on Aug. 15, 1935 in Ulysses.  Helen was born Feb. 11, 1907 in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS and died at Ulysses in August, 2002.

Her obituary:

Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, Kansas, Aug. 22, 2002

August 22, 2002

ULYSSES — She was born Feb. 11, 1907, in Coffeyville, the daughter of Riley Hess and Lillian (Barney) Miller. She had been a Ulysses resident since 1919. She graduated from Grant County Rural High School in 1925, attended Kansas State University and received her teaching certificate.

Mrs. Coffey taught school in rural Grant County and in Holcomb. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Music Club and Writers Guild, all in Ulysses. She was also a homemaker, artist, poet, musician and composer.

She married Dr. George McDowell Coffey on Aug. 15, 1935, in Ulysses. He died Jan. 1, 1969.

Survivors include three sons, Richard H. Coffey, Ulysses, Roger D. Coffey, Lawrence, and Douglas G. Coffey, Waxahachie, Tex.; a sister, Frances Wilkes, Hays; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

A son, George M. Coffey Jr., and a daughter, Carolyn L. Coffey, died earlier.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Garnand Funeral Home, Ulysses.

The family suggests memorials to Western Prairie Care Home, Ulysses, sent in care of the funeral home, 405 W. Grant, Ulysses 67880.

Both  George and Helen, as well as their children George Mac (1936-1960) and Carolyn Louise (1937-1975) are buried at the Ulysses Cemetery in Grant Co.

Margaret Gloria married DeVirda H. Burcham II.  He was born Dec. 12, 1914 in Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., KS and died in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS on Nov. 10, 2001.  Margaret was born Oct. 19, 1912 in MO and died in Kansas on Nov. 8, 1993.  She and her husband are also buried at Ulysses.

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