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Delores Coffman


Delores Eleanor “Diz” Coffman, 89, of Amarillo, formerly of Munday and Stratford, passed peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Dec. 20, 2021.

Memorial services were held Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church in Stratford with Chaplain Dr. G. A. Roach officiating, graveside services followed. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Born “Delores” to George and Alice Markley on June 29, 1932, in Highmore, SD. She was one of 11 children born to a small-town family. A gently reared South Dakota lass found herself swept off her feet by “Powder” Coffman, a not so mild-mannered Texas Cowboy spending his senior year at Highmore. The consequences and ensuing “wild ride” lasted 73 years. Powder Coffman defined her life. She lost the love of her life in 2005 and became the Matriarch of our family with great grace and poise.

Powder moved Diz (and Baby Colleen) to Stratford and planted her right in the middle of a nest of Coffmans.  Diz thrived even in the “Little Dude” (a two-room house), and they added Carey Ted to the family, moving to a trailer house in the country. Here Diz was introduced to Tornado Alley, when 2 of her trailer homes were destroyed. Just as Diz was getting her family grown, she was blessed with Chad.

Thankfully Diz could make any place a home. She was a bit like Jesus with the loaves and fishes. She could conjure a meal out of nothing and a party out of almost nothing. Stratford Methodist Church ladies are still passing around her recipes. 

Being able to spend the remainder of her life in her own home was an incredible blessing for Diz.  She ceaselessly created, entertained, wrote poetry, gardened, and painted. Healthy, active, independent, and close to loved ones, her contagious energy, dry wit and love of pranks lasted her entire life. She always had quite a story, which occasionally changed with the telling. The official family optimist above all else, her legacy to our family is immense and her impact on us all will last for generations.

She was the last in life of her five brothers and five sisters and was preceded in death by her parents, George and Alice Markley; husband Homer Ted “Powder” Coffman; grandson Christopher Bennett; and great-grandson Carter McCloud.

She is survived by her three children Colleen, Carey and Chad; grandchildren Korte, Keitha, Ky and Heather; great-grandchildren Paisley, Evan, Zegan and Harper. 

The family requests, in lieu of flowers or other honorariums, that everyone consider unconditional love of others, forgiveness of the undeserving, eternal optimism and encouragement to all who struggle or doubt. 

Sign the online guestbook at www.boxwellbrothers.com.