Elaine Russell Coffman

May 18, 1930June 9, 2018

Elaine Russell Coffman died on June 9, 2018, in Mesquite, Texas. She was born on May 18, 1930, in Dallas, Texas to H.M. Russell, Jr. and Leone Turner Russell. Elaine married Wesley Surber Coffman in 1949. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband (2009). Elaine is survived by; sister, Nancy Russell Mixon (LaRue, TX); son, Russell and wife Hilary (Pecos, NM); daughter, Cathy and husband Barrett Pulham (Mesquite, TX); daughter, Rebecca (Huntington, IN); grandchildren, Sara and Yusuf Coffman; great-grandchildren, Joseph Coffman and Lucas Tijerina. Elaine was a Dallas native, attending schools in Highland Park, The Hockaday School and Texas State College for Women in Denton, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Therapy and Master’s of Library Science. Elaine was passionate about music and genealogy. A Celebration of Life will take place at Wilshire Baptist Church’s Chapel on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 1:30 PM. A private interment was held in Ardmore, OK.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Elaine Russell Coffman

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Carla MacDonald

June 15, 2018

Dear Rebecca - WE are so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I remember meeting her once when she was in Indiana with you. She was so sweet and kind. Please know that you're in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Ted Vestal

June 13, 2018

Elaine was a dear friend from our first meeting in Sherman in the 1940s. She and Wesley were my role models before the term gained wide usage. I owe much of what I have accomplished to the Coffman's loving support and kindness. In later years, I so enjoyed keeping up with Elaine on Facebook. I'm so glad she got to hear of my knighthood this Spring. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Pamela Farley

June 12, 2018

Sincere condolences to Russell, Cathy, Becky and the rest of the Coffman clan on the passing of dear Ms. C. Angela and I remember her so well in our days at DBC and the choir parties at her parent's home on Northwest Highway and on Little Creek in Duncanville. She was so gracious and poised and the perfect foil for Uncle Wesley. One humorous anecdote I especially love about her was when we always asked Dr. Coffman if Mrs. C was going to join us on tour, the odd choir gathering, etc. He would always tell us that she had already "been." That still makes me smile. So glad that she was part of our wonderful college memories. Love and prayers to the family at this difficult time.

Lillie Campbell

June 12, 2018

Elaine was a quiet but very intelligent lady with a generous heart and a wonderfully dry sense of humor. I knew her first, of course, as Wesley's wife, the wife of the Dean of the School of Music where my husband was a professor. After we both became widows and I moved to the Dallas area, we - my sons and I - were homeless for a 2 week period when we sold our Carrollton home and had to wait to get into our Garland home. She invited us all in - me, both sons, and my dog.....with whom her dog, Chloe, fell in love! Our dogs and our love for programs on PBS bound us together as well as our wonderful church, Wilshire Baptist, and our Sunday School class, Whosoever Wilshire. She will be missed! Lillie Campbell