August 4, 1922 – March 31, 2018
Anne Coffey, 95, of Denver, CO (formerly of The Woodlands, TX), passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018. She was born in the former Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) on August 4, 1922.
Anne moved to The Netherlands with her family when she was a preteen. They lived in The Netherlands during Nazi occupation and Anne became a involved with the Dutch Underground as a courier.
Anne followed her passion and moved to the United States in 1950 and eventually met Charles E. Coffey at her place of employment, Texas Gas Corporation, located in Owensboro, KY. On October 1, 1954 they married. He began work in the International division of Union Carbide and moved his young family to a new, overseas location every two years for almost 15 years, until his untimely death in 1968. Anne and her children then moved to Houston, TX where she raised her children as a single parent.
With most of her children grown, Anne settled down in The Woodlands, TX. She lived there for almost 40 years working as a substitute teacher and tutor.
Anne, a strong, independent woman, loved to travel and loved animals. When she couldn't live in The Woodlands anymore, she moved to Denver, CO and enjoyed going to festivals, botanical gardens, the zoo, eating out and rooting for the Denver Broncos.
Dutch East Indies (Indonesia Anne was an amazing woman and she will be missed.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm with Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home in The Woodlands, TX.
- Rolf Bradley Coffey
- Gregory Cifuentes
- Mark Rummell
- Larry Renfroe
- Ronnie Rodriguez
- Robert Garcia
- Sean Haley
- Funeral Service Friday, April 13, 2018
- Interment Friday, April 13, 2018
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April 4, 2018
Anne Adams Coffey—Part 2
After my father finished an Army enlistment during the Korean conflict, and graduated college, my parents married.
My father and mother both wanted to travel and live around the world. He joined Union Carbide company as a mechanical engineer—a company he would stay with for the rest of his short life. He first worked some in America—and eventually joined an overseas division.
Our family was a traditional family that was typical of the 1950s, but our lifestyle was not typical. Every 1-2 years, we moved to a different country as Dad was transferred. I was born in England and my younger sister was born in Sicily. My parents moved about Europe for about 10 years.
In 1968 our European life came to an abrupt end, as our father died young. As pre-teens, Mom decided to move my 2 sisters and I back to America. Our lives resumed in Houston, Texas and Mom was our single parent from then on.
I appreciate that Mom encouraged me into the Boy Scouts and into the Big Brother program. One time she wanted to send me to a military school but I was able to talk her out of it! Mom’s strong value for education proved to be adopted by all us kids—we have gotten college degrees, by borrowing and working for it, sometimes into our 40s !
I am the middle son between 2 sisters, and I think we have each handled the challenges of life with a good measure of independence and resilience, learned from our mother. I have inherited Mom’s yen for adventure and for privacy, and also Mom’s capacity to “learn like a sponge.” Rest in peace, Mom.
Rolf Bradley Coffey
April 4, 2018
Anne Adams Coffey—Part 1
My mother—one of the Greatest Generation—was born in 1922 in the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. Her parents were both school teachers from Holland, who had a charter to teach Dutch colonial children there. She was the eldest of 3 sisters.
As a pre-teen, mom’s life seemed to be ideal—a life in a tropical far-away land. This was before Pacific war clouds moved closer to the islands. Mom and her family emigrated back to The Hague, Holland. The Dutch that stayed behind faced Japanese occupation and concentration camps.
Yet, mom came back to Holland just as Hitler’s Germany was coming to power. By the time she was 18, Nazis were goose-stepping down Dutch streets. Although Nazis tolerated the Dutch citizens, Mom told us of times that she saw Jewish boys taken away in trucks. Mom was involved in the Dutch resistance and she risked her life to courier illegal documents. Toward the end of the occupation, Dutch citizens faced deprivations and hunger. She recalled her joy at the liberation of Holland. My middle name—Bradley—is in honor of U.S. General Omar Bradley, who led the liberation of Holland.
After Victory in Europe, the post-war period posed new challenges. At 23 years-old, even though she spoke Dutch, French, German and some English, Mom found few jobs available. She went to work in administration in the American-occupied section of Berlin. There, she became in love with all things American.
In Berlin, Mom became friends with an American couple from Owensboro, Kentucky. Under provisions of the U.S. Marshall Plan, she made arrangements to move to America, and be sponsored and live with the couple from Owensboro. In 1950, mom then 28, boarded a ship for America.
Mom went to work in the office of Texas Gas Company of Owensboro. My father, Charles E. Coffey was working there as he attended Engineering school at Purdue University.