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Marvel Coffman

Marvel Luella Coffman, age 89, of Cadillac, went peacefully home to be with her Lord on April 20, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 14, 1927 in Reed City to Lyle and Evangeline (Knapp) Hamilton. She married Vernon O. Coffman on Oct. 4, 1947 in Reed City and he preceded her in death on April 9, 1974. Marvel had worked her way up to Chief Operator for Michigan Bell Telephone while working in Reed City and she became the Chief Operator on nights when she transferred to the Cadillac office and worked for them for 33 and a third years. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Reed City and presently a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Cadillac. She had been a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, Missionary Secretary, served on the church board, and the funeral committee up until five years ago. She was a faithful prayer warrior. She enjoyed crocheting, was an avid reader, and read her Bible faithfully. She leaves behind her daughter, Sharon (Allen) King of Cadillac, several grandchildren, Carol (David) Boersma of Harrietta, Marcy King of Stanwood, Stacie (Carolyn) King of Leroy, and Casey King and Alicia King both of Cadillac. Her great grandchildren are, Meghan, Brandon, Kelli, Kevin, Devin, Garrit, Isaac, Kahlan, and Joshua and her great great grandchildren are Logan, Daniel, and Shaun. One sister survives, Barbara Grabockey of Paris, sister in law, Janet Hamilton of Fremont, and a brother in law, Richard Voge of Crivitz, Wisconsin, and many loving nieces and nephews. Marvel had two special friends, Roger (Jennifer) Green of Cadillac and Terry Brown of Traverse City. A special thank you goes to Kelli for taking care of her grandma up to her last moments of life. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Francis Hamilton, Evelyn, Betty Coffman, Lyle Hamilton II, Donald Hamilton, and Pearl Voge. A memorial happy 90th Celebration of Life will be held on April 29, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1125 E. Division Street, Cadillac, Mi. Officiating will be Rev. Brandon Metzger and Rev. Steve LaLone. Burial will take place later in the Woodland Cemetery in Reed City. Memorial contributions may be made to NMI Memorial Roll or Hospice of Michigan. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain. Thoughts and prayers may be left at www.burkholderfamilyfuneralhome.com


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John Jaekel


I love you more than words can express. Thank you for all you did for me and my family. You were more than my Aunt, you were more like a mom. Rest in peace.

Kelli Simmons


Great grandma Coffman I love you and will miss you so much...I am blessed for every moment I spent caring for you at the end of your life. You have always been there for me. I love you so much and feel even closer to you now. Rest in peace, heavan welcomed and amazing woman today. I know God's arms were wide open waiting for you.

marcy J king


I would like to say a few words about a wonderful woman. I was trying to think of two words that described her best. BOY IS THAT HARD. THERE ARE JUST SO MANY. Simple, modest, pure, independent all these words come from her belief in GOD. She had a faith in the Lord that shined through her smile She was modest and never wanted to stand out in a crowd. With that being said I would like to tell someone close to my heart who told me I braver then her for being able to get up here today. “GRANDMA WOULD SAY NO YOU ARE LIKE ME”. Grandma always knew if there was mistiff to find it would be me to find it. She never judged me or yelled at me through my rougher days. She would just spend time alone with me singing songs like amazing grace and talking. It was my get right with God talks in her own precious ways. She never had a harsh word for me. She knew in her heart I was a lost soul and she was the only one who got through to me. One of her sayings was if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. I now know why my grandma stayed quite a lot. Through her faith in God she saved me. Through her faith and words, I am who I am today. I told a good friend I didn’t know how to live without her because she was why I am who I am. My friend replied no you made you who you are she just taught you the way. Grandma I made you proud Sunday, I received flowers from a friend to plant in memory of you. I struggled with what to do with them because you won’t have a grave. I prayed that night that God would take my tears away. It then came to me where to plant the flowers. There was six of them, I took to a cemetery and planted them on three graves of people you never knew. I prayed for them to meet you and help me save one of their family members. You became my angel when I was eight years old. You saw through my wounds and gave me God! See you again someday my precious angel.

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