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Obituaries Archive

Michael H. Floryancic
Posted 2018-10-18

    Michael Hoyt Floryancic, 55, Strasburg died Oct. 6 in Baltimore, MD.

    Stover Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lola M. Boyd
Posted 2018-10-18

    Lola May Boyd, 89, New Market died Oct. 8 in Timberville.

    Theis Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Barry W. Haigh
Posted 2018-10-18

    Barry Whittemore Haigh, 77, Mt. Jackson died Oct. 6 in Woodstock.

    Dellinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lucy F. Weaver
Posted 2018-10-18

    Lucy Frances Weaver, 88, Mt. Jackson died Oct. 2 in Mt. Jackson.

    Dellinger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Catherine Smallwood
Posted 2018-10-18

    Catherine Rebecca Windle Smallwood, 80, Woodstock died Oct. 12 in Woodstock.

    Valley Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.    

Ruth L. Allen
Posted 2018-10-18

    Ruth Laverne Allen, 79, New Market died Oct. 11 in Harrisonburg.

    Valley Funeral Service is handling arrangements.

Joyce H. Wright
Posted 2018-10-18

    Joyce Elaine Herbaugh Wright, 77, Stuarts Draft and formerly of Zepp died Oct. 14.

    Dellinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bryan K. Ingham
Posted 2018-10-18

    Bryan Kraft Ingham, 26, Washington, D.C. and formerly of Fort Valley, died Oct. 10 in Washington.

    Dellinger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Malikhi H. Roberts
Posted 2018-10-18

    Malikhi Honesty Roberts, 16, Strasburg died Oct. 12 in Winchester.

    Stover Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Heather Taylor-Shelton
Posted 2018-10-18

    Heather McRae Taylor-Shelton, 60, Mt. Jackson died Oct. 11 in Mt. Jackson.

    Dellinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hilda E. Bailey
Posted 2018-10-18

    Hilda Elizabeth Bailey, 98, Strasburg died Oct. 4 in Woodstock.

    Stover Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dorothy V. Wright
Posted 2018-10-18

    Dorothy Vaughn Wright, 90, Woodstock died Oct. 14 in Strasburg.

    Valley Funeral Service is handling arrangements.

Carol Coffman
Posted 2018-10-18

    Carol Coffman, a Woodstock native whose efforts to secure the community’s Revolutionary War history created enduring monuments, died Oct. 6. She was 93.

    After completing a government career, Mrs. Coffman returned to Woodstock and established a real estate agency, becoming the first woman in the Shenandoah Valley licensed as a broker.

    She soon took up historical causes, many of them resulting in lasting reminders of the community’s heritage.

    The focus of much of her work was John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, the Anglican minister whose famous call to arms from the pulpit of a tiny Woodstock church in 1776 is a significant event in the town’s history.

    Though efforts of others since the 1930s to educate the community about its Muhlenberg heritage had failed, Mrs. Coffman was determined to see to it that generations to come would know that story.

    As president of the Shenandoah Garden Club in the 1970s, Mrs. Coffman led an effort to create Peter Muhlenberg Plaza, a small park and parking lot at Woodstock’s West Court and Muhlenberg streets.

    No sooner had the bricks been laid for that project, Mrs. Coffman had undertaken the organization of the Narrow Passage Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, an organization she served as regent. The chapter was organized in November 1976.

    In the mid-1980s, the DAR chapter commissioned a sculptor to create a Muhlenberg bust that would be dedicated at the front of the historic Shenandoah County Courthouse in October 1988.

    A direct descendant of Muhlenberg attended that ceremony along with the president general of the DAR.

    In the early 1990s, Mrs. Coffman spearheaded an effort to name Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, a new facility just opened. Though others were involved in that effort, friends say Mrs. Coffman was “the dynamo behind it.”

    She was instrumental in the decision to create a Peter Muhlenberg Pageant, a production performed for years on the Revolutionary War parson’s 1746 birth.

    The drama has been performed in local churches, at Muhlenberg school and at least once at the historic courthouse.

    She encouraged local government officials to declare Peter Muhlenberg Day on Oct. 1. The DAR chapter places a wreath at the Muhlenberg bust each year on that date.

    Mrs. Coffman was not one to easily concede in a good fight.

    Sometime after 2005, the Town of Woodstock commissioned the creation of a life-size sculpture of Muhlenberg to be placed on a renovated courthouse square. Initially, the DAR bust of Muhlenberg was to be relocated.

    Mrs. Coffman and the DAR stood their ground, insisting that it remain in place. It’s there today.

    Carol Coffman was born Clara Markley Sept. 6, 1925. Her parents owned and operated a country store west of Woodstock near the village of St. Luke.

    She was twice married, most recently to Ralph Coffman, since deceased.

    After attending public schools here, she left Woodstock to pursue a government career, one that took her to Alaska during World War II. After the war, she worked at the Pentagon before returning to Woodstock.

    Until failing health prompted her to take up residence with a daughter, she had spent winters in Florida.

    She owned and for years lived in the Marshall House on Muhlenberg Street, once home to Thomas Marshall, father of John Marshall, fourth chief justice of the United States.

    Marshall House today is home to the Woodstock Museum.

Obituaries Archive