Date of birth: 19 Jun 1908 Hopewell, Johnson County, Indiana
Date of death: 13 Dec 1965 San Jose, Santa Clara, California
Source: Franklin Evening Star, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, December 13, 1965
Woman Killed In Accident Mrs. Catherine Demaree Coffman, a native of the Hopewell community, was reported killed in a San Jose, Calif., traffic accident this morning. She is the wife of Paul Y. Coffman and the daughter of Serril Demaree, of Franklin, and the late Hazel Thompson Demaree.
Source: Franklin Evening Star, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, December 14, 1965
Former Hopewell Resident Killed; Rites to Be Here Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Irene Coffman, who died in San Jose, Calif., Monday morning, will be conducted in a funeral home there at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning. The body will then be brought to the Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin for services. Arrangements are incomplete. Burial is to be made in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Mrs. Coffman was killed early Monday morning when she was struck by a car while crossing a street, on her way to work. Further details are not known here at this time. Born At Hopewell The daughter of Serril and the late Hazel Thompson Demaree, Mrs. Coffman was born in the Hopewell com- munity on June 19, 1908. She was educated in the Hopewell schools, graduating from the high school there. She became the bride of Paul Y. Coffman at Hopewell in August, 1929, and eight children were born to them. Mrs. Coffman had spent her life in Johnson and Brown counties before going to California five years ago. After going to California, she had been employed at nursing and was on her way to care for a patient in a private home at the time of the accident. She was a member of the Hopewell United Presby- terian church. The survivors with the husband are two sons and six daughters and include, David Coffman, of Helmsburg; John Coffman, of California, Mrs. John (Janice) Lee, of Campbell, Calif.; Mrs. Fritz (Barbara) Islen, of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Ray (Sandra) Wesley, Mrs Richard (Catherine Ann) Bonsett, of Indianapolis; Miss Paulette Coffman and Miss Cheryl Coffman, of San Jose. Others who remain are the father, of Hopewell com- munity; a brother, Mark Demaree, of Rowayton, Conn.; a sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Helen Frances) Elliott, of Warsaw; and 13 grandchildren.
Submitted by Mark E. Wirey