Sandra Kay Coffman, 70, died unexpectedly at her home in Leetown, West Virginia on December 22, 2021. She was the ninth child, and her siblings say the favorite, of Lynn T. and Edith C Hahn Coffman. Kay was born on July 26, 1951 in Ranson, WV.
Kay is survived by her sister Beverly A. Coffman of Leetown and her brother Gary L. Coffman (Deborah) of Charles Town, as well as eight nephews; five nieces; twelve grand-nephews; four great-nieces; twelve great-great-nephews; eleven great-great-nieces; two great-great-great-nephews and three great-great-great-nieces.
Besides Kay’s parents, she was predeceased by seven siblings, Carl “Uncomfortable”, Harry “Flood”, Kenneth “Denny”, Phyllis and Ralph Coffman, as well as Betty Jo Mills. A niece and two nephews also preceded her.
Kay graduated from Charles Town High School in 1969. Unsure of what career she wanted, Kay attended Shepherd College for two years, was a secretary for an insurance company, worked for a bookbinding company, and then realized that his talent lay in decorating cakes. She was a true icing artist. Kay and her sister-in-law Debbie opened Coffman’s Cakes and Catering in Charles Town. Then, in the late 90s, she moved her business to her home, Robinwood, in Leetown. After her retirement, various people still tried to persuade her to make them rum cake or snowballs.
Kay was a life member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, where she served as secretary and then president of women’s circles for over fifteen years and head of the social committee for at least thirty years. She claimed that these were life sentences. It was difficult for her to say no to the minister and, moreover, she was good in her responsibilities. Kay has also been an active volunteer with the Jefferson County Community Departments Food Bank.
Kay had such a wide variety of interests. She loved to travel and was proud to have set foot in 47 of the 50 states. She was a great cook, especially chicken and dumplings, buns, boils, soups and coconut cakes. She enjoyed celebrating her birthday at Dutch’s Daughter with a delicious seafood meal. Her other interests included puzzles, facebooking, painting, game shows, adult coloring books, and pedicures with gloss varnish. . She went to heaven with Ruby Red Slippers nail polish. Invest in jewelry especially diamonds because she loved it “Bling”, was another passion.
However, Kay’s greatest achievement has been raising her mentally and physically disabled nephew, Phillip, who is fifty-one years old, survives all medical predictions by forty-five, largely thanks to love and in Kay’s care.
Kay was kind, generous, welcoming, always smiling, liked a good joke, happy, sassy, bossy, humorous and loved her family. He was a sane person. One of his favorite expressions was “suck the buttercup” and go on with your life. You would get very little sympathy from her, unless you were one of her cats. At one point, she had over 25 cats, luckily not all of them were inside. They were his babies.
Visitations will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Charles Town, West Virginia. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor James Riley, Jr. officiating. Masks will be compulsory. The funeral will be at a later date.
Flowers are appreciated, however, gifts are preferred. Donations can be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 111 S. Seminary St., Charles Town, WV 25414 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital on Kay’s behalf at www.stjude.org/memorial
Condolences can be expressed at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com.