Violet Marie Coats

November 2, 1929January 25, 2013
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Violet Marie Coats, 83, of Glasford, Illinois, died Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Belwood Nursing Home in Peoria. She was born on November 2, 1929 in Washington, Illinois. She was the daughter of Clyle and Dorothy (Adams) Gresham. She married Chester Guy Coats on May 8, 1948 in Glasford, Illinois. He preceded her in death on November 1, 1986 in Peoria, Illinois. She is also preceded in death by one sister and two brothers. Violet is survived by two children, G. Michael (Jill) Coats and G. Michelle Merritt both of Glasford, Illinois. She has five grandchildren, Christopher (Denise) Coats of Pekin, Illinois, Kelli Coats of Bartonville, Illinois, Chelsea, Quincy, and Chet Merritt all of Glasford, Illinois. There are two great grandchildren, Victoria and Brandon Coats both of Pekin, Illinois. She has one brother surviving, Albert (Joan) Gresham of New Port Richey, Florida. She worked as a style consultant at the J C Penny Store in Pekin, Illinois for several years and she and her husband owned and operated the Rainbow Café in Glasford. Violet volunteered many hours at the Pekin Hospital and was a member of the Glasford Baptist Church where she was a past Sunday School Teacher and Junior Choir Director. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Glasford Baptist Church. The Revs. Paul Cook and Chris Jordan will officiate. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements are by the Davison Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home in Glasford, Illinois. Burial will be in the Lancaster Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church. You may view Violet’s life story at


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, January 28, 2013

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February 10, 2013

Shelly, Jill, and Mike - Vi meant so much to so many - so many good memories related to Vi, to the junior choir - she was so good to our kids... God bless and keep you all - wish we had learned in time to go to the visitation. Love- Faith and Frank

Stuart Gresham

January 31, 2013

Michael & Michelle - My Dad was a brother to your Grandfather, Clyle, making your Mother my first cousin. We did not have much contact in the past; however, my wife and I want to express our sincere sympathy to the two of you and your families. Regards, Pat & Stuart Gresham

Brad & Deanna Zeine

January 29, 2013

Uncle Jim Hill always said Vi was his lifeline to home. She was so good to him. We especially enjoyed the times Vi played the guitar, Uncle Jim, Bill Sprague,Phil Arnold, Paul Branaman, and Merlin Johnson on fiddle, Mae Sprague on the organ and Harvey Zeine played banjo. Everyone sang, whether you could carry a tune or not. The north end of Glasford was
"a rocking!" I'm sure the beat is still going on. God Bless you all as you say good bye to this fine lady.

Mary Jo Spenny Lewellen

January 29, 2013

Mike and Shelly. I will always have fond memories of our family times. So sorry I'm not there for you. Praying for you and your families.

Rick & Tammy Smith

January 28, 2013

Mike, Jill & Shelly...Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family with your mom's passing. May all the funs times together as a family help you through this difficult time.

Bonnie Newsam-Nuhn

January 28, 2013

Mike, Shel and families... We are so sorry we cannot be there..Your blessed Mom was one beautiful lady, friend and neighbor for many years. She and I had many fun times over coffee in the a.m.'s. I missed her when she had to leave her home but will see her again. Love and thoughts to you all.. Bon and Rog

Norma Cox Carlyle

January 28, 2013

Mike and Shelly, So sorry for your loss.

Deeann Zessin

January 28, 2013

You are in my thoughts and prayers

Pat & Dan Smith

January 28, 2013

Shelly, Mike and Families, So very sorry for your loss. Mothers are great people to have in your life. Remember the good times to help get you thru this difficult time. You are in our praryers.

Beth Coats

January 27, 2013

Shelly and Mike,
So sorry for your loss. I have many memories of going to the resturant with my dad..