Graveside services for Imogene Mavis Phillips Coats will held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Hagerman Cemetery at 11 a.m. Rev. Stephen Deutsch of First Presbyterian Church in Dexter will officiate, assisted by Robert Bowles.
Imogene was born, Oct. 26, 1925, on the Snow Place southwest of Dexter, to O.W. and Lillian Duncan Phillips. She was the fifth of eight children. â€œGeneâ€ attended school in Dexter and graduated in 1944. She played the violin in the orchestra. Upon graduation she worked at POW Camp at Orchard Park. On Oct. 18, 1946, Gene married Sam Coats. They were married for more than 61 years, until his death April 14, 2008. They were the parents of three sons: Philip, Coy Sam and Benny. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sisters: LaVern and Patricia; and her brothers: Kirk and Pete. Those left behind to share many memories are her children: Philip and his wife, Luci Anne, Coy and his wife, Laurie and Benny and his wife, Deborah; her grandchildren: John Coats and his wife, Kari, Christopher Coats, Patrick Coats and his wife, Emily, James Coats and his wife, Shelly, Ashley Vernon and her husband, James, Samantha Cartwright and her husband, Mark, Chance Coats and his wife, Tracey, Amanda Coats, Kimberly Coats and Clif f Coats.
â€œGrandmaâ€ is also survived by seven great-grandchildren. Sam and Gene returned to Dexter to help establish Coats Brothers Plumbing and Pump Company. Later in 1972, they founded Coats Pump and Supply with their sons. Imogene was an intricate part of the business as the office manager and bookkeeper. She retired in 2002. Gene loved the Dexter Community and all of its people. She loved to attend the sports events and support her children, and grandchildren. She was known for her out spokeness toward unfortunate officiating crews. Gene was a mentor for the HOST Program.
Grandma was always willing to share her memories of growing up and stories of Dexter with family, friends and anyone that wanted to listen. She enjoyed bowling and crocheting for everybody. Gene was a member of the Westside Church of Christ, then later the Eastside Church of Christ. She was true to her faith and read the Bible daily. Pallbearers will be her grandsons: John Coats, James Coats, Patrick Coats, Christopher Coats, Chance Coats, Mark Cartwright and James Vernon. The family wishes to thank her caregivers in Dexter: Cynthia and Rita Torrez, Gloria Horton and Carol Chambers.
In June of 2010, Gene became a resident of Bee Hive Home. The family also thanks her Bee Hive family for their loving care of â€œImoâ€, and also the Vista Care Hospice for their care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Mexico Christian Childrenâ€™s Home, West Star Route, Box 48, Portales, NM 88130 or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com .