Dewitt Obits

Judith Lee Fortner Coffey

Judith Lee Fortner Coffey blessed her loved ones with her birth on October 28, 1940. She married the love of her life Charles G. Coffey on 12/31/1970 and has missed him every day since 12/19/2004. Judy is the daughter of Rollie Olin and Jewel Evelyn (Hoge) Fortner. They, along with beloved family members preceded her in death: husband Charles Coffey, precious son William (Bill, Wild Bill) Henderson, sister Connie (Ray) Rogers, sister Sandra (Doug) Vinson, and many loved family, friends and pets. Judy was a spirited individual with too many friends to list. She was an avid volunteer in the community and in her personal life. She would be embarrassed to discuss her good deeds so out of respect we will simply say thank you for showing so much love to so many. If she was helping others or making them laugh, she was happy. She loved fishing (and fish!), playing cards, attending movies and plays and hanging out with her friends. She played an active role on the Kenney village board and assisted for many years with the Kenney Fire Department fish fry and fall festival. Judy enjoyed cooking, catered for many years (Judy’s Professional Catering), volunteering, attending horse shows (and assisting with concessions at the DeWitt County 4-H Fairgrounds) and making all kinds of meals for every event and occasion imaginable. But nothing made her happier than a table full of loved ones. She cherished her titles of Mom and Grandma. That is her crown. Judy is survived by daughters: Dawn Jackson of Taylorville IL, Julie Gehlbach of Lincoln IL, Marjorie (Gordon) Foster of Heyworth. Grandchildren: Steve Henderson of Lincoln IL, Stephanie Henderson of Lincoln IL, Cash (Elizabeth) Jackson of Chilicothe IL), James Wilson of Florida, Holly (Luke Holt) of Clinton IL, Alex Schonauer of Union City MI, Cameron (Carly) Danison of Bloomington IL, and Ethan Williams of Heyworth IL, great grandchildren Triston (Steve), Anna and Levi (Stephanie), Evelyn Rose (Holly and Luke), Mylee, Ella and Bentley (Cameron and Carly), and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Anyone reading this may recall Judy working at LDC, Cutler Hammer, IGA deli or running the kitchen during the Logan County Fair in Lincoln IL. And finally her many years managing the food service at DeWitt County nursing home in Hallsville IL. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday March 22 at 11am at the Kenney Community Center located at 101 Johnston St., Kenney IL. The family requests in lieu of flowers or gifts donations be made to Kenney Fire Department or the Neighborhood Care Center in Clinton IL.