Shirley's Story

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Shirley Jean (Goodrich) Miller Coy, 89, Topeka, passed away Tuesday, May 16, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
She was born April 6, 1928, the daughter of Donald C. and Goldie B. (Adair) Goodrich in Ormas.
On Aug. 4, 1949, she married Waldo Miller in Whitley County. He passed away April 27, 1987.
On Oct. 5, 1991, she married James L. Coy in Kimmell. He passed away in January.
Shirley really loved and cherished her family. She was considered an exceptional cook and was able to bake many different types of sweets. Shirley was a VIP grandparent for many years in the Topeka School System.
She spent her career employed as a social worker for the Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care center. Upon retirement in 2001 at the age of 73, she was determined to learn to play the mountain dulcimer.
She truly enjoyed being a caretaker for people and spending her time helping and serving at the Sparta United Church of Christ church.
She is survived by her children, Linda (Gary) Zehr, Evansville, and Ronell "Ronnie" Miller, Kendallville; stepchildren, Patricia A. Lintz, Mottville, Michigan, D. Joyce (Richard) Brown, Ligonier, and Michael J. (Donna) Coy, Syracuse; grandchildren, Kate (Nick) Raben of Newburgh and Brandon (Tabitha) Zehr; great-grandchildren, Dax Butler, Amelia Zehr, Finn Raben, Brooke Zehr, Mae Raben and Leo Raben; sister, Ellen Metzger, Angola; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Waldo Miller; second husband, James Coy; siblings, Aileen Hill, Billie Schuman, Hale Goodrich, Phil Goodrich and Lynn Goodrich.
Family and friends may gather Friday, May 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, where a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20. Pastor Curryanne Hostetler will officiate.
Following the service, burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Topeka.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Sparta United Church of Christ, 2584 North U.S. 33 Kimmell, IN 46760.
Yeager Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 18, 2017
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