Judith Lee Fortner Coffey


KENNEY — 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 December 31, 1970, and has missed him every day since December 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 Ill.; Julie Gehlbach, of Lincoln Ill.; Marjorie (Gordon) Foster, of Heyworth; grandchildren, Steve Henderson, of Lincoln Ill.; Stephanie Henderson, of Lincoln Ill.;, Cash (Elizabeth) Jackson, of Chilicothe Ill.; James Wilson, of Florida; Holly (Luke Holt), of Clinton; Alex Schonauer, of Union City Mich.; Cameron (Carly) Danison, of Bloomington; and Ethan Williams, of Heyworth.

Also surviving are 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 might recall Judy working at LDC, Cutler Hammer, IGA deli or running the kitchen during the Logan County Fair, in Lincoln, and, finally, her many years managing the food service at DeWitt County Nursing Home, in Hallsville.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday March 22 at the Kenney Community Center, located at 101 Johnston St., Kenney.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made to Kenney Fire Department or the Neighborhood Care Center, in Clinton.