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 Sarah C. <I>Maddox</I> Coffey

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Sarah C. Maddox Coffey

  • Birth 9 Aug 1838 Ohio, USA
  • Death 27 Mar 1938
  • Burial Hindsboro, Douglas County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 27504416


Newman, Illinois
Friday, April 1, 1938
Front page and page 8

The hearts of many residents of this community were sadden Sunday afternoon, when the news of the death of Mrs. Sarah C. Coffey became current. Her death occurred at her home in this city about 2 o'clock. Several weeks ago "Aunt Sarah", as she was familiarly known to her friends, scratched her hand, and an infection set in. Her condition became server and although she was rational until the last day of her life, yet her continued to grow worse.

The deceased was the oldest citizen of Douglas County. She celebrated 99 birthday anniversary on August 9,1937.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal Church, on Tuesday afternoon, March 29, at 2 o'clock. Rev. Russell Taylor, of Farmersburg, Ind., a grandson of Aunt Sarah preached the funeral discourse. She had written to Rev. Taylor asking him to preach her funeral when she passed away. She requested him to use as his text "Prepare To Meet Thy God". Rev. R.S. Fairchild pastor of the church, assisted in the service. Interment was a Pleasant Grove Cemetery southwest of the city.

Music was furnish by a quartet composed of Mr. H. B. Smith, Mrs. Harvey Winkler, W.C. Booten and H.B. Smith, with Mrs. C.E. Douglass presiding at the organ. They sang three favorite songs of the deceased; "Going Down The Valley One By One", "No Night There" and "Nearer My God To Thee."

Pall-bearers were: George Coffey, Don Smith, Clayton Van Voorhis, Reece Van Voorhis, Paul Newman, Ralph Taylor.

The following obituary was read at the services, most of the data for which, Aunt Sarah had written before she became ill recently:

"Sarah C. Coffey daughter of Benjamin and Nancy O'Neal Maddox, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, August 9th, 1838 and passed to her reward, March 27th, 1938, at the age of Ninety-Nine years Seven Months and Twenty-seven days. She came with her parents to Illinois in 1848, in a covered wagon, a typical prairie schooner; the journey from Ohio required a period of nearly two weeks.

"The family settled near the village of Brushy Fork, Illinois, Sargent Township, Douglas County, which at that time was a part of Coles County.
"She was the last of a family of twelve children, all of whom have preceded her in death.

"Sarah C. Coffey was united in marriage to William H. Coffey and their new home was built upon the Coffey farm, near Pleasant Grove. Here the altar fires were lighted and burned brightly over a period of fifty years. Unto this union were born seven children, five of whom survive their mother: Mrs. Amanda Taylor, Indianapolis, Ind; Mrs., Cynthia J. Redden, Oakland, Ill.; Mrs. Olive Newman, Elmhurst, Ill.; William Wesley Coffey, Oakland, Ill.; Mrs. Minnie L. Smith, Newman, Ill.; Two children died in infancy.

"She also leaves 24 grand children, 26 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great grandchild.

"William H. Coffey, her husband, proceeded her death, December 21st, 1905, after which time she lived on their farm until 1909, moving to Newman at that time.

"Aunt Sarah, as she was known to many of her friends had requested that her favorite text from the book of Amos, 4th chapter, 12th verse, "Prepare To Meet Thy God" be used as her funeral sermon."

The Independent publisher had hoped that Aunt Sarah would live to celebrate her 100th birthday anniversary, and not many months ago we had talked to her about passing the century mark. She stated at that time that she was prepared to go whenever the Master called her. She was a very devoted Christian and read her bible a great deal.

She had lived to see many changes in this community. From the prairie schooner to the aeroplane; from the swamps to beautiful farms and homes; telegraph, telephone, radio, etc., all in her time.

Besides the children of the deceased the following relatives and friends from out-of-town were present at the funeral rites; Mrs. Frank Redden and two children, Oakland; Ralph Taylor, Indianapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Able, Indianapolis; Pearl Holvert, Moline; Mr. and Mrs. Steven Evans and family, Monticello; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Van Voorhis, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Van Voorhis, Dean Van Voorhis, Reese Van Voorhis, Mr. and Mrs. Elsie McCoskey, Hindsboro; Mr. and Mrs. Ford Honn, Oakland; Mr. and Mrs. D. Goff, Tuscola; Wesley Coffey, Oakland; George Coffey, Hindsboro; Mr. and Mrs. George Butler, Robinson; Mrs. Clarence Waltermaht, Danville; E.Z. Winkler, Terre Haute, Ind.; Don Smith, Oak Park, Ill.; Paul Newman, Chicago.

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  • Created by: Deana Van Voorhis Wolff
  • Added: 12 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27504416
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah C. Maddox Coffey (9 Aug 1838–27 Mar 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27504416, citing Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Hindsboro, Douglas County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Deana Van Voorhis Wolff (contributor 46941735) .