Martha Irvin Massey

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 16, 2006

Martha Irvin Massey, age 70, of Selma died Saturday October 14, 2006 at home.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday October 16, 2006 at Casey Church of Christ Cemetery officiated by Dr. Robert H Taylor and directed by Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband, Leon Massey, son, Robert S. (Darby) Massey, grandchildren, Claybourne L. Massey and Cody H. Massey.

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In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to the Selma-Dallas County Public Library.

Caroline Virginia Smith Coffman

Caroline Virginia Smith Coffman, 81, formerly of Marion, found final peace Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. The beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, nurse, teacher and friend to all who knew her will be laid to rest on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Marion United Methodist Church. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary with the graveside service to follow at Marion Cemetery.

Caroline was born Mary 28, 1925, in Jeffersonville, Ohio, to Herbert Smith and Imogene Booco Smith. She graduated from the Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1947 and enjoyed a distinguished career as a Registered Nurse and Instructor in Nursing both at Bethesda and later at Perry County Hospital in Marion and George C. Wallace Community College in Selma.

She earned a bachelor of science degree from George Peabody College for Teachers (now the Vanderbilt University College of Education) in 1950. She earned a master of science in nursing from the University of Alabama in 1957 and an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Alabama in 1976.

She received many professional accolades and was a highly respected and accomplished practitioner and teacher of nursing.

From the time she moved to Marion she was an active member of the Marion United Methodist Church. Prior to the illnesses that prompted her long good-bye, she was active in the DAR and Three Arts. She loved Marion, her home in Marion and was happiest when surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Coffman is survived by her husband of 53 years, Colonel Lindsey Coffman; her sister, Eleanor Russell; her brother, Gene Smith (Martha); sister-in-law JoAnn Smith; and brother-in-law Stanislaus Estowski. She is also survived by her son, David (Kim); and daughter, Imogene (Ken) Keith and her dearly beloved grandchildren, Billy and Lindsey Coffman, and Baxter, Taylor and Genny Keith, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to: Marion United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85, Marion, AL 36756.