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July 7, 2020


Mona Jean Coats
I am saddened to let you know that Paul's mother died yesterday following a long illness.  Please keep Paul, Beth and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Into thy hands, O merciful Savior, we commend thy servant Mona. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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Mona Jean (McGee) Coats, 88, died at her home in Woodlawn, Illinois after a long illness. The daughter of Robert and Gertrude McGee she was born on November 4, 1932 in Schulter, Oklahoma, the second of four children. Like many during the Great Depression her father left Oklahoma to find work and brought his family to Crossville, Illinois. On her first day at Woodlawn High School Mona told her sister she was going to marry Bobby Coats. She did just that in 1949 and the marriage produced five children and lasted 57 years until Bob's death in 2007.

Mona was a woman of strong values and opinions. Her children never had to read her mind. Most importantly, they had the example of her life lived in partnership with Bob. They are grateful. She was active in the life of her church but saw her primary call to serve God in her home. Her relationship with God was deep and sustaining through many difficult times. She had a diverse and enviable skill set as well. She could reupholster furniture, write poetry, and hang wallpaper. She was good at crosswords, read widely, spoke well and easily in public.

One of Mona's early signs of dementia was the belief that her house in Woodlawn was not her house. It looked like her home of forty years but somehow it was wrong. Her family are glad she is finally home.

Mona is survived by her children, Ginger Burkhauser (Richard) of Austin, Texas, Paul Coats (Beth) of Mount Vernon, Cathy Coats of Woodlawn, and Mark Coats of New York City. She loved, instructed, and spoiled her grandchildren, Alaina, Mary, Joshua, Susan, Laura, Meredith, and Hannah. She was blessed by eight great-grandchildren, Naomi, Clara, Bowie, Rosalie, Lucia, Matilda, Hans, and Celia. Her brother, James (Susan) McGee of Gainsville, Florida also survives.

She is predeceased by her husband, Robert Coats; son, David; sisters, Mary Joan Copple and Nancy Rogez; and sister-in-law, Catherine Chapman; as well as her parents and parents-in-law, Clarence and Julia Coats.

The family wishes to thank all those who cared for Mona during her illness.

There are no plans for services due to current public health concerns. A memorial service will be announced in the future.

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