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Remembering Mrs. Margie Burris Coffey

By Mike Watson

Mrs. Coffey was a dear soul, a loving, caring teacher and friend to the multitudes. The world will be more lonely in her absence for those who knew and loved her. Those touched by her compassion will never be quite the same. Having known her for more than fifty years, she was much like a favorite aunt, always sharing words of encouragement when they were most needed, though she didn't know that.

A tiny lady, she would face any obstacle, knowing that her faith and grit would carry her through whatever lay before her. Her kindness was without end, illustrated in her affection for the many children she taught and loved over the decades as a teacher, and mentor.

She possessed at least two green thumbs, one might say. She could coax flowers into their beauty much as she did with her students. But she could be stern if necessary and was not one to sugar-coat her opinions on issues of concern.

A natural born historian and genealogist, Mrs. Coffey ushered many adults through the difficult terrain of local research. She was a true detective when the need presented itself, able to ferret out minute details others missed. A perennial benefactor of the Adair County Library and the Adair County Genealogical Society, of which she was long a contributing member, Mrs. Coffey was always available to help others. She was a steadfast advocate of the preservation of our legacy common through her own research, and the encouragement and support of others.

She shall be missed. Oh, but what a rejoicing there is on the other side. --Mike Watson

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