Mary Coffey Dunn, aged 90, died on December 6, 2020. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Lema and Emery W. Coffey, Sr., on November 16, 1930. She and her brother, Emery “Buck” Coffey, Jr., grew up on a small family farm in the now Buckhead area of Atlanta.
Mary loved to make jewelry, read mystery novels, do crossword puzzles, collect coins, garden, and spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She took her children to Tybee in the summers as well as camping in the Smoky Mountains. When her children attended Cathedral Day School, she was active in the PTA. She loved to take her children to their farm in Metter. At Christmas, she would take them to cut down a large Christmas tree to display at their house on Whitaker St.
She worked for Savannah Bank, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and MetLife. She started her own trucking company when she was in her 60’s which she ran until she was in her 80’s. For the last 18 months, she lived at Buckingham South enjoying making friends, playing bridge, bingo, and arts & crafts. She loved to talk about her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to whoever she met. She was proud of each one of them and their respective accomplishments.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and her partner of over 30 years Andy Robbins. She is survived by her four sons - Matthew (Vicki), John Mark, Joseph (Gwendolyn) and Thomas, and two daughters Catherine Dunn Kostilnik (Ted) and Helen Dunn Schandolph (Mark.) She has eight grandchildren – Linda Lenanne (Jason), Capers Franklin Smith, III (Sharon), Leslie Lashley (Justin), Julie and Elizabeth Kostilnik, Elizabeth Dunn, Thomas Schandolph, and Mary Angela Dunn, and four great-grandchildren- Olivia, Amelia, and Jake Lenanne, and Hannah Lashley. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jackie Coffey, and cousins, nieces, and a nephew. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Yoyo.
Visitation will be at Fox and Weeks, Hodgson Chapel, Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Due to COVID, her graveside service at the Catholic Cemetery will be private.
Mary specifically stated she did not want flowers. Instead, she encourages everyone to plant, “a tree or rose bush.” If you wish, a donation can be made to Mary’s favorite charity- SmileTrain.org- helping children with cleft palates.
Matt, Vicki and family, we are sorry for the loss of your mother. It sounds like she was a remarkable woman with so many accomplishments in her life not to mention raising a loving family. You were so blessed to have her for 90 years and now she has an eternal resting place in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
- Linda Sanford, Guyton, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel