Vera Frances Coats
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Vera Frances Coats
  • June 4, 1927 - August 27, 2017
  • Columbia, Missouri

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Vera J. Coats, 90, Columbia, MO passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at University Hospital in Columbia, MO.



Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial service will be on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the funeral home, with Rev. Wesley Knight officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery and will be at a later date.



Vera was born on June 4, 1927 in Boone County, MO the daughter of Reuben T. and Vera Mae (Bandy) Jacobs, both of whom preceded her in death. She was married on September 11, 1948, at the Christian Church in Columbia, MO to Russell M. Coats who survives at the home. She was a 1945 graduate of Hickman High School, where she was a cheerleader. After graduation, she attended Christian College, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in 1947. After raising two children, she went to the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1967 and her Master’s in 1969. She worked for Christian College/Columbia College for many years, teaching in the department of Fashion and Textiles. She was instrumental in starting an annual fashion show, where the students were able to showcase their designs on the runway. Vera was a talented seamstress and avid quilter, a wonderful cook, and a good golfer. She enjoyed playing bridge. Vera was an awesome person, was loved and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.



Besides her husband of almost 68 years, she is survived by two sons: Russell L. Coats (Melanie) of Lake Ozark, and Larry J. Coats (Paula) of Pagosa Springs, CO; three grandchildren: Cortney Teague (Matt) of Webster Groves, Greg Coats (Diana) of Columbia, and James Coats (Layla) of Springfield; 8 great grandchildren; one brother, Bandy Jacobs of Columbia; sister-in-law, Deanna Jacobs and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Craig Bandy Coats in 1957 and six brothers and sisters.



In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Olivet Christian Church, 1991 S. Olivet Rd, Columbia, MO 65201.