Betty Sue Coffelt: 1948 ~ 2014


Betty Sue McGee Coffelt of Woodlake died Monday, July 28, 2014. She was 66.  

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Three Rivers. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m., at the Woodlake District Cemetery.

Betty was born in the Woodlake hospital on January 21, 1948, and passed away in the house where she was raised, one block from the former hospital.

She attended Woodlake schools, graduating from Woodlake High School in 1966. She attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia where she received an accounting degree. 

Betty worked for Security Title Company in Visalia for a few years but the majority of her adult life was spent as a stay-at-home wife, mother, and grandmother.

On June 20, 1970, Betty married her high school sweetheart, Stanley Coffelt. After he went back into the Army in 1972 she followed him everywhere the military would let her and the children go for the next 20 years.  They spent two tours in Germany, as well as being stationed at Fort Ord, Calif.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; and Fort Hood, Texas.

Betty was actively involved in her church, First Baptist of Three Rivers, where she chaired the finance committee and performed numerous other tasks. She also sang in the “Gift to Woodlake” for a few years. 

Betty was in the inaugural Master Gardeners of Tulare County class and served with them for a number of years. As a Master Gardener, she gave talks to various gardening groups throughout Tulare and Kings counties and wrote articles for local newspapers. 

Betty was preceded in death by her father and mother, Troy and Edna McGee, and her brother, Donald.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Stan; son Jeff Coffelt of Folsom; daughter Alicia Christian and husband Beau of Riverside; five grandchildren; her sister, JoAnn Jackson, and husband Earl of Hanford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kaweah Delta Hospice, 500 W. Oak St., Visalia, CA  93291, or to the American Cancer Society of Tulare County. Condolences may be sent to the family at 

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