Martha "Marti"'s Story
DANVILLE - Martha "Marti" Carolyn Coffman, 64, of Danville, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 in her home, in Urbana, after a four year battle with breast cancer.
Born Nov. 30, 1952 in Danville, she leaves behind her sister, Nora Coffman Peal; brother-in-law, James R. Peal; niece, Elizabeth Coffman-Mackey; nephew, Logan Coffman Peal; beloved caregiver, Anita Winstead; cousins, Sam and Alex Miller; and countless other relatives and friends whose hearts she touched in her time on earth. She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Nelson Coffman; her mother, Carolyn Miller Coffman; her sister, Mary Elizabeth Coffman; her uncle, Hank Miller; and cousin, Tami Miller.
Known far and wide for her unceasing faith in her Lord and Savior, Marti was dearly beloved and respected by everyone she came across. She graduated from Danville High School at a young age, and proceeded to study at Danville Area Community College where she and her sister, Mary, became involved with Campus Crusade for Christ making many dear lifelong friends, the University of Illinois, and Wheaton College through which she provided missionary work to the then large Chicago housing projects (Cabrini Greens among others). A woman with countless interests, incredible drive, and a larger than life personality, she with her parents helped establish The Rock Church in Danville. where she was a worship leader, in charge of the nursery, and worked tirelessly to host services, conventions and special meetings. Even after leaving the Rock to join Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (also in Danville) she continued going back to The Rock to be a vital part of their women's weekly bible study. She had a varied career from being Director of The Women's Center at the Springfield Y.W.C.A - umbrellaing such organizations as R.I.C.S, hosting Christian radio shows on WIBI and voicing over commercials at WMAY, providing job counseling at D.A.C.C., and teaching for Danville School District #118. Marti brought her great Christian faith, unstoppable joy, beautiful voice, vitality and love to all the world around her. She was a poet and a creator by nature, breathing new life into all of the projects she undertook.
"The Blessed Marti" dedicated her life to caring for people and became an integral part to the lives of so many. Whether it was bringing a homeless mother and her children home to feed and shelter, buying Christmas presents for the children of a family who could afford none, writing stories for her niece and nephew, teaching Church School, being in charge of The Children of Mary group or organizing other children's events at the Church of the Holy Trinity, everyone's "Aunt Marti" was a natural caregiver. She served on the Vestry and chaired the Diocesan Council on Communications. She was a constant loving caregiver to her grandmother (Doris "nana" Miller) and her mother, Carolyn Miller Coffman. Still she always found time to be a source of light and love to all in her life. A beacon of hope and caring, she was a wonderful woman to all who knew her, and the picture of faith, as a woman who loved her Lord more than anything else.
A mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Church of the Holy Trinity at 308 North Vermilion Street, Danville, with father Richard Lewis officiating. Visitation will be from 12-12:45 p.m. with the Rosary at 12:45 on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Church of the Holy Trinity. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robsionchapel.com.
Published on January 30, 2017