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Malscena S Barbre Coffey
Birth: Mar. 28, 1855
Vigo County
Indiana, USA
Death: Dec. 5, 1920
Wayne County
Iowa, USA

Humeston New Era
Feb 3, 1915

Last Friday there was a family gathering at John Williams. Their daughter Mrs. McCloud and two children of Hampton, Kansas, were visiting her parents and two sisters at Lineville, Mrs. O. E. Bay and Mrs. J. L. Bay, and two brothers, Alfee and Samuel Williams, of Leroy and Mrs. R. A. Smith of Humeston. As Mrs. McCloud was going to leave for her home Saturday, several of her relatives gathered Friday to wish her good luck on her journey. Those present were: Ophy Coffey and family, Cress Coffey and family, Newt Coffey and family, Mrs. Malcena S Coffey and son Dick, Benjamin C. Coffey , wife and son John, Mrs. P. A. Robinson and son Herman, , and Alfee Williams and wife. Later in the evening James Abel and wife, Ira Porter and wife, and Ed Williams spent the evening with her. This is the first time Mrs. McCloud has visited Iowa for over ten years. On Saturday she started on her journey home and Alva Williams and wife accompanied her as far as Lineville where they will visit for a few days.


Jesse Barbre 1814 1870
Susan Weeks 1819 1872

Marvin B. Barbre 1837 1862
Angelina A Barbre 1840
Almada C. Barbre 1842 1914
Rhoda E. Barbre 1845 1866
Lucy Barbre Coffey 1846 1887
Martha E. Barbre 1849 1868
William Barbre 1852 1854
Anna Barbre Coffey 1859 1927

Spouse: William Coffey 1848 1896

Cress C. Coffey 1874 1949
Newton Coffey 1875 1969
Effey Coffey 1877
Elmer D Coffey 1880 1903
Clyde Coffey 1883 1958
Vivian Coffey 1885
Zillah Coffey 1887
Benjamin Tecumseh Coffey 1888 1972
Ethel Coffey Poland 1891 1973
Loren Otto Coffey 1893 1960

The New Era, Humeston, Iowa
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1920

Mrs. Mal Scena Barbre Coffey was born March 28, 1885 (corrected later to 1855) near Farmersburg, Vigo county, Indiana. She was united in holy matrimony to William Coffey in Oct. 1872, in Christian county, Illinois. To them were born eleven children, six sons and five daughters. Two of these were born in Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Coffey and five sons came from Indiana to Iowa as settlers in Dec. 1890 and have been noble citizens of this state ever since.

Mrs. Coffey was converted in her early childhood, joined the Methodist church in Indiana and after coming to Iowa she united with the Unity Baptist Church of which she has been a faithful and active member until death. She was a very deep, earnest and sympathetic christian, not being satisfied by being saved alone but that all her children and many other were won into the Kingdom by her life and influence.

She was taken ill at the home of her son Benny Coffey on November 27 and was tenderly cared for by her children and friends. On Sunday morning, December 5, just before she fell asleep in Jesus, she told those around her not to weep for her for all was well and asked them to sing. As they sang the following songs, "Shall We Meet Beyond the River," "There'll be No Dark Valley When Jesus Comes," "O Come Angel Band, Bear Me Away on Your Snowy Wings to my Immortal Home," and while they were singing the angel came and bore her away to be with Jesus.

The following memoriam was pasted on the fly leaf of her Bible;

Wait Not For Me at the Gate

Meet me just across the river,
On the golden shore I'll wait;
I will ever watch and linger
Close beside the open gate.
I will tell the stately warden,
He who holds the golden bar,
That I'm waiting for your coming
Just to leave the gate ajar.
After I have crossed the river
To the realms of endless day;
I will ask that God may send me
Back to light you on your way.
I will ask to be the angel
Guarding you where'er you roam;
I will guide your every footstep
Till you hear the word, "Come Home"
When the shadows 'round you gather
Do not fear to go alone;
I will come and bear you upward
To that bright and heavenly home.
For wherever He hath led me
You can safely follow on.
And the boat that bears me over
Will bear you to the world beyond
To that Holy City yonder
Where not half was ever told
Of the many mansions waiting
Where the streets are paved with gold
In the land where there's no sorrow,
We shall meet to part no more;
Weary years will be forgotten.
When we meet on that fair shore.
A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

Mother Coffey passed away to be with the Lord December 5th, 1920, aged 65 years, 8 months and 7 days. She leaves to mourn her loss five sons and one daughter, namely, C.C., Nute, Benny, Lorn and Mrs. Ethel Poland all of Humeston and Clyde of Cambria; one sister and her husband, Benjamin Coffey of Cambria; 25 grandchildren and one great-grandchild and a host of friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Unity Baptist Church, conducted by the pastor C.B. Wilkinson assisted by the former paster M.S. Clark of Chariton. Music was rendered by a quartette composed of Holly Garton, Mrs. Gerty Surbaugh, Clede Caldwell and Mrs. Nellie Caldweel. Mrs. Verda Goudy, pianist.

Interment in Kirby Cemetery.

Family links: 
  Jesse Barbre (____ - 1870)
  Susan Weeks Barbre (1819 - 1872)
  William Coffey (1848 - 1896)*
  Infant Coffey (____ - 1882)*
  Cresse C Coffey (1874 - 1949)*
  Newton Coffey (1875 - 1969)*
  Elmer Driden Coffey (1880 - 1903)*
  Clyde Coffey (1883 - 1958)*
  Vivia Coffey (1885 - 1885)*
  Zillah Coffey (1887 - 1887)*
  Benjamin Tecumseh Coffey (1888 - 1972)*
  Ethel Coffey Poland (1891 - 1973)*
  Loren O Coffey (1893 - 1960)*
  Marvin B. Barbre (1837 - 1862)*
  Rhoda E. Barbre (1845 - 1866)*
  Lucy Barbre Coffey (1846 - 1887)*
  Martha E. Barbre (1849 - 1868)*
  William Barbre (1852 - 1854)*
  Malscena S Barbre Coffey (1855 - 1920)
  Anna M Barbre Coffey (1859 - 1927)*
*Calculated relationship
Kirby Cemetery
Wayne County
Iowa, USA
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paternal 2nd great grand aunt by marriage and also sister of 2nd great grandmother.
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