Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2007

Obituary: Maxine L. Coker


August 30, 2007

Funeral services for Maxine L. Coker, 85, De Soto, were Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel in De Soto. Burial was in De Soto Cemetery.

Mrs. Coker died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, of pancreatic cancer.

She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Linwood, the daughter of Charles and Essie Oelschlaeger. She grew up in Linwood and graduated from Linwood High School in 1938.

She attended Emporia State Teacher's College, and taught at several area schools in Linwood, Lenape, Cedar Junction, De Soto and Kansas City, Kan. She also coached boys and girls basketball at the Sunflower School.

Mrs. Coker also sold real estate for the Mike Hale Co., Ed Patton and J.D. Reece Co., and worked for nine years as a maintenance secretary at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

She was an active member of the Parent Teacher Association, as well as the De Soto United Methodist Church and the Pleasant Hour Club.

She married Lloyd Coker on Jan. 30, 1943 in Riverside, Calif. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2003. He preceded her in death in 2003.

Survivors include two daughters, Loya Lou Beery, De Soto, and Gayla Hougham, Lenexa; three brothers, Paul Oelschlaeger, Eudora, Melvin Oelschlaeger, Branson, Mo., and Vernon Oelschlaeger, Lawrence; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Children's Cancer Research Fund, P.O. Box 7006, Albert Lea, MN 56007-8006, or the Parkinson's Foundation of the Heartland, 7800 Foster, Shawnee Mission 66204.

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