Norma Jean Coffman, daughter of Elbert Harmon and Opal Woodcock Harmon Schatz, was born on December 14, 1925 in Meramec, MO. She departed this life on Friday, May 18, 2013, in Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, MO at the age of eighty-seven years, five months and four days.
On March, 25, 1950, she was united in marriage to Ernest Edward “Ernie” Coffman, whom she met while roller skating. To this union one son was born. Together they shared fifty-three years of marriage before his passing on June 12, 2003.
She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her son, Eric Coffman and wife, Denine, of Linn Creek, MO; a half-brother, W.B. Harmon and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Jean was raised in Sullivan, MO and as a teenager, she moved to St. Louis to wait tables. She later returned to Sullivan, MO and was married. She rode with her husband on many trips while he worked as a truck driver. She eventually became the third woman in the United States to receive licensing to operate a tractor-trailer. She drove with Ernie for over seventeen years. In 1960, they moved to the Lake of the Ozarks and owned and operated Jean and Ernie’s Lake Hotel in Osage Beach for many years.
In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and volunteering at the LAMB House. As a resident of the nursing home, she enjoyed bingo and the other activities offered there.
She was a loving mother and a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate her life and her accomplishments and will treasure the memories she created for her family and friends.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Burial was followed in Greenmore Memorial Gardens, Barnett, MO. Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to LAMB House and left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.alleehomanhowe.com
Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton assisted the family with arrangements.