Leslie Coffman

Leslie Coffman

Wednesday, July 15th, 1931 Friday, July 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Leslie Anne Coffman (Collins)

Leslie Anne Coffman passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 17th, 2020 after suffering a stroke and battling Parkinson's Disease for 10 years. She was born in The Dalles, Oregon July 15th, 1931. In 1949, she married Joseph Shields Coffman, and they were married 60 years until his death in 2009. They lived in California, Oregon, Canada, and Idaho, and spent summers camping in Montana and Canada for Joseph's field work with the Bureau of Mines. Spokane, Washington was their home for many years before they settled in Wheat Ridge, Colorado in 1976.

Leslie is survived by all seven children: Damon Coffman [Virginia] of Corallis, Oregon; Christopher [ Gayle] Coffman of Bellevue, Washington; Samuel Coffman [Suchil] of San Antonio, Texas; Miriam Cheney [Eric] of Hillsboro, Oregon; Rachel Thompson of Jacksonville, Florida; Catherine Battaglia [Paul] of Lakewood Colorado; and Suzanne Coffman Hergenreter [Kyle] of Lakewood, Colorado; ten grandchildren and two siblings.

Leslie was a homemaker extraordinaire. Her beautiful home was an expression of her aesthetic gifts and love for her family: an entire wall in her great room displayed artistically framed photos of her children. An avid gardener, she spent hours in her expansive yard, growing food for her family through the years, planting trees, and tending to the myriad flowers that bloomed under her care. She remodeled two homes. She was a volunteer usher at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, a volunteer at Hudson Gardens, a member of Lakewood Presbyterian Church and Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church, an adventurous, energetic woman who enjoyed fine wines, reading voraciously with her Bodacious Bookclub friends, and being surrounded by those she loved most: her children and grandchildren.

Please join us via Zoom for a live feed to celebrate her extraordinary life on Friday the 24th of July at 10:00AM (Mountain Time).

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Elephant Rescue

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    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 10:00am
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    Friday, July 24th, 2020
    This Celebration of Life will be held on a Zoom Conference. Please see the obituary for details.

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Marie Mann

Leslie was not only a grandmother to Travis, she was also my friend and protector throughout the many early years of my connection as Travis’ mother. She was so fiercely protective and proud of her family but extended as well such generosity to those of us just outside that circle that, for my part, I still felt included and valued.

I will always remember the BBQs in that beautiful backyard, the family picture Wall of Fame, the orchestrated lessons on meal prep with her girls. More personally, I will never forget the many small acts of kindness: the hot plate of food waiting after my night job when coming to pick up Travis; the dispatch of Joe for the many mending missions of our little HUD home; the enthusiastic attendance at not only Trav’s events but also for that day when I received my master’s and no one else could be there.

Leslie always showed up.

I feel so fortunate to have known her and been a part of her family. --Marie

Comment | Posted at 01:03pm via Condolence


I have many memories of the Coffman family. They were such a vibrant part of our neighborhood.
To me, Leslie's passing marks the end of an era. Our families came to this neighborhood within several years of each other. Our kids were similar in age. The Coffman home never stood still. We remember Mr. Bill, beloved and faithful dog. We remember Sam's piano concerts and Miriam babysitting our kids. We loved attending Rachael's wedding as well as Katie's wedding. Suzanne played the piano beautifully, but we didn't get to hear her.
And Leslie kept it all flowing beautifully. We cherish the memories of her and will certainly miss her.
Patty and Al

Comment | Posted at 10:50pm via Condolence

William and Marta Shoemaker

Dear Coffman family, we met Leslie, Joe and some of you in 1972-73 at Knox Presbyterian Church WACAP meeting in Spokane. Leslie was a grand lady and a wonderful mother. We will always remember her joy of life and fun we enjoyed while visiting eachother. With sincere condolences, Bill and Marta Shoemaker with family.

Comment | Posted at 08:08pm via Condolence

Lori Golightly

I'll miss Leslie. We met at Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church and enjoyed chatting about movies, theatre and music.
Comment | Posted at 06:37pm via Condolence

Patty Nelan

I love your mom so much. We had so much fun as neighbors for so many years. We had a lot of long talks and did a lot of laughing and some crying. She is so much apart of my life as you all are. We would always say we raised all you girls together. Leslie will never be gone to me.
Love and prayers to all of her family,Patty
Comment | Posted at 02:33pm via Condolence

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