Mabel coffey



Mabel (Arnold) Coffey, 99, of the Fortville-Pendleton area, formerly of Beech Grove, passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born March 7, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to the late Max & Esther (Binninger) Arnold.

Mabel graduated from Manual High School. She married the love of her life, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) William Coffey on December 2, 1967 and they lived over 35 years of marriage before her death in 2002. Mabel was a member of the Community Church of Garfield Park since 1950. She was a proud member of the American Business Women’s Association and was named Woman of the Year in 1964. She worked for the Indiana Job Security Division as a Supervisor for over 41 years, until his retirement in 1979.

Mabel is survived by her son: William T. (Ginger) Coffey; nieces and nephews Patricia Arnold, Maxine (Pat) Griener, Pamela (Horace) Hickman, Carol (James) Arnold, Richard (Kathleen) Arnold, David (Mary) Arnold, Marcia Kirk, Cindy (Christian) Rentsch; and 20 great-nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was predeceased by her parents listed above: her husband, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) William W. Coffey: siblings; Harold, William & Gilbert Arnold and Clara Marschke; nephew James Arnold.

A celebration of Mabel’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Seals Funeral Home, Fortville, IN, with Pastor Daniel Bowman as officiant. Friends can call on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. until the start of the service. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a later date. Mabel will rest with her husband, Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) William W. Coffey.

Memorial contributions on Mabel’s behalf can be made to the American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle Chicago, IL 60674.

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