Margaret T. Cokeley

February 17, 1950October 15, 2020

Margaret “Meg” Cokeley (née Sheridan) died peacefully in her home on October 15, 2020 in Oak Lawn, Illinois at the age of 70.

Meg is survived by, her children Michael (Nahrain) Cokeley, James “Jim” (Julie) Cokeley, and Robert “Bobby” Cokeley; her brother Fr. Bill Sheridan and sister Mary Sheridan. Loving GG to Kevin Cokeley and Kaitlyn Cokeley (Jim & Julie) Lucille Cokeley and Lillian Cokeley (Michael & Nahrain). Loving aunt to James P. Sheridan Jr., Daniel (Gabriela) Sheridan and Ann (Matthew Ofc. OLPD) Shilney. As well as her husband of 48 years Walter “Bud” Cokeley, with the last 36 years being the best. She was preceded in death by her dear brother and friend, James “Butch” Sheridan (Ret. OLPD); her parents, William and Grace Sheridan.

Meg was an incredible mother, GG, aunt, and devoted friend to many; especially as a second mother to David (Bonnie), Jim “O’C” (Therese), Brian “Quinn”, and Kevin (Lindsey). She was a devoted retired employee of Blair ECC, where she was a friend to many. In the spirit of one of her favorite holidays, Halloween, Meg would like you to know she is standing behind you. Literally, look behind you. In all seriousness, we know Meg is watching over us all, until we meet again… God now holds her in the palm of His hand.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Blake-Lamb Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests in the funeral home at one time. We will rotate in and out to allow everyone an opportunity to pay their respects during the visitation and services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

All are welcome to attend and please celebrate Margaret’s life by sharing your memories of her with us. Please send donations to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, or the Salvation Army. Condolences can be sent to


25 October


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Blake-Lamb Funeral Home

4727 W. 103rd Street
Oak Lawn, IL

26 October

Funeral Service

10:00 am

Blake-Lamb Funeral Home

4727 W. 103rd Street
Oak Lawn, IL

26 October


Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

6601 W. 111th Street
Alsip, IL 60803


Margaret T. Cokeley

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Kathy Leake

October 19, 2020

I can't believe I'm writing in your memorial book rather than talking to you on the phone for our weekly (or More) bitch sessions. It'll take awhile to stop picking up the phone to call you.

There are way too many memories to cite in this small book, but I can't stop thinking how grateful I am to the Longwood nuns for using the alphabetical seating chart placing Kathy Tunney behind Meg Sheridan. If it hadn't been for that, we may never have met at that huge Longwood campus. You never would have met Bud, had 3 wonderful sons and 4 fantastic grandchildren. And my grandchildren wouldn't have had the chance to experience the "candy lady"!

I spent yesterday going through pictures & came across a bagful of notes we passed during school. It's amazing we got anything done at school beyond planning our free time, like meeting for lunch (followed by a cigarette at the grotto), going to Evergreen Plaza, meeting at Dunkin Donuts to smoke, & planning a ditch day. We called each other "slut" and "whore" in defiance of being
Longwood ladies! Laughing & crying at all these memories helped somewhat.

In my last note to you, I want you to know how happy I am that I was able to share an unforgettable friendship with you for most of your life. I'll never stop missing you. Love you whore. Until we meet again, save me a seat at the "lunch table."

Jim Cokeley

October 17, 2020

To my mom: You are the best mother and grandmother “GG” anyone in this universe anyone could ever imagine. You supported me when I was being an idiot, you always had two or three jobs to support me, my brothers and my friends, you didn’t kill me when I almost started our apartment on fire (I think it’s about time I admit the ribs were not hot enough to start a fire) I am blessed with the greatest children (and Family) ever largely because of their Love for their GG, Kevin is a year away from being a pharmacist because “ there has to be a medication that would cure diabetes and heart conditions” for both you and my amazing Julie. and Kaitlyn is working towards being a brain surgeon @ KU because “why can’t your body heal itself”. You and Julie talked all the time and I am so blessed to have a mother that treats my wife as one of her best friends (although that totally sucked some times) but above all you put it to everyone straight with no BS. You raised us to know right from wrong, the importance of working hard and never giving up and shooting for all of our dreams and we always were able to laugh at what life stuck to us and then turn right around and tell it to go f**k itself! Love you, mis you, until we meet again! P.S... thanks for the 250k plus in college tuition! LOL P.S.S please seek out Julie’s mom Patty in heaven because Julie lost her when she was 12years old and you picked up right where she left off and I could never thank you enough for that and we really think you would be best of friends. You were Julie’s best friend. And it started with you telling her “you don’t know shit!” LOL

Patricia Scannell

October 17, 2020

Meg you were a wonderful person, I loved being around you. You were always so joyful and so funny. You were the most entertaining person I had ever met in my life! You will be missed always and I am am filled with grief because you are gone. God bless your family and I pray for them during this sad sad time in their life.

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