Delores "Mickey" Bachman Coffey

February 7, 1943July 30, 2018
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Delores “Mickey” Bachman Coffey, 75, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away Monday, July 30, 2018 surrounded by her family.

She was born on February 7, 1943 to the late Mary Ray Dunn and Ernest Arthur Bachman. She was preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, James A. “Jim” Coffey.

Survivors include her daughter, Amber Whittle Hamby, son, Matthew Whittle, and her grandchildren whom she adored: Andrew Hamby, Luke Hamby, Abigail Whittle and Adam Whittle. She is also survived by her brother, Jim Dunn, and many beloved cousins.

Delores was a member of St John’s United Methodist Church.

Delores was employed by the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults – Homemaker Program for 25 years, helping to provide in-home support services for the elderly and disabled. She served as the director of the program from 1995 through 2005 when she retired.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Blackburn and Rev. Dallas Beck officiating. Interment will follow at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Partnership for Families, Children and Adults – Elder Services, 1800 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404.

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Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Interment Monday, August 6, 2018

Delores "Mickey" Bachman Coffey

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Margie Schleenbaker

August 3, 2018

Delores was first my boss, then later became my friend. On Wednesday nights we would have dinner together and laugh, share memories and grandchildren stories. I will miss her so very, very much . . .

Carolyn Kelley

August 2, 2018

Delores was my best friend and It seems as if a memory of her pops up every where I go. I can only say that I wasn’t ready to say good-bye and that she will be forever remembered and forever missed.

Steve Dunn

August 1, 2018

My earliest memories of Mickey are spending the night at my grandmas and Mickey teaching me my phone number. She also played a lot other learning games with me when I was small. Other found memories include spending Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays visiting Jim and Mickey On their sun deck as we spent time with my parents and the rest of my cousins, aunts and uncles.

Mickey was a very caring person and I always appreciated the times she and Jim had my mom, Ruth and Mary over for dinner and some of Jim’s cornbread. She had a great love for animals, especially cats.

It was great to see pictures of her on vacation last year in Hawaii. I cannot believe she went down the zip line as she was not into things like that as we grew up. I do believe she buried her head at luau when they roasted a pig.
We haven’t had a cousin get together since her trip and I regret not getting to hear from her about Hawaii.

I had a great time growing up with her and the rest of my cousins. She will be missed.

Connie Ramsey

August 1, 2018

Delores was my supervisor during my time in homemaker service caseworker position. She loved having lunch at the Mt Vernon when we had time. Being as dignified as she truly was one of my favorite memories of her is getting on the elevator to leave the office in the afternoon she would giggle and say “let’s blow this puke hole”!!! She loves her job and the people so that was not her true feeling but she would say it to make me laugh. Rest well Delores! Amber and Matt she loves you very much. Cherish your memories!