Sandra Kay Coffman, 70, unexpectedly passed away 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 great-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 preceded in death by seven siblings, Carl “Gene”, Harry “Flood”, Kenneth “Denny”, Phyllis, and Ralph Coffman, as well as Betty Jo Mills. A niece and two nephews also preceded her in death.
Kay graduated from Charles Town High School in 1969. Unsure of the career she wanted, Kay attended Shepherd College for two years, was a secretary for an insurance company, worked for a book binding company, and then realized her talent lay in cake decorating. She was a true artist in icing. Kay and her sister-in-law Debbie opened Coffman’s Cakes and Catering in Charles Town. Then in the late 90’s she moved her business to her home, Robinwood, in Leetown. After her retirement, various individuals were always trying to persuade her to make them rum cake or some snowballs.
Kay was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church where she served as secretary then president of the women’s circles for over fifteen years and as head of the social committee for at least thirty years. She claimed they were life sentences. It was hard for her to say no to the minister and, besides, she was good at her responsibilities. Kay also was an active volunteer at the Jefferson County Community Ministries Food Bank.
Kay had such a wide variety of interests. She loved to travel and was proud that she had set foot in 47 of the 50 states. She was a great cook, especially chicken and dumplings, rolls, pot boils, soups and coconut cake. She loved to celebrate her birthday at Dutch’s Daughter with a scrumptious seafood meal. Her other interests included jigsaw puzzles, Facebooking, painting, game shows, adult coloring books, and getting pedicures with bright polish. She went to Heaven wearing Ruby Red Slippers nail polish. Investing in jewelry, especially diamonds, (she loved her “bling”) was another passion. However, Kay’s greatest achievement was raising her mentally and physically challenged nephew, Phillip, who is fifty one, outliving all medical predictions by forty five years, in great part, due to Kay’s love and care.
Kay was kind, generous, welcoming, always smiling, loved a good joke, happy, sassy, bossy, humorous, and loved her family. She was a no nonsense person. One of her favorite expressions was “suck it up buttercup” and get on with your life. You would get very little sympathy from her, unless you were one of her cats. At one time she had over 25 cats, thankfully not all were inside. They were her babies.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Charles Town, West Virginia. Memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor James Riley, Jr. officiating. Masks will be required. Burial will be at a later date.
Flowers are appreciated, however, donations are preferred. Donations can be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 111 S. Seminary St., Charles Town, WV 25414 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Kay’s name at www.stjude.org/memorial
Condolences may be expressed at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com.