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Martha Coate

Martha Goodrich Coate died on  Jan 24, 2019 at Claridge Court retirement community in Prairie Village, Kansas.  Her Memorial service will be held Feb 9, 2019 at 2:00pm at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village.   Interrment will be at the Village Presbyterian Church columbarium.   Martha was born on Dec 21, 1926 in Seneca, Kansas to Earl and Sarah “Mattie” Goodrich.  Martha attended Topeka, Kansas public schools, Gulf Park College, and graduated from the University of Kansas.  Martha was chosen Sweetheart of Sigma Chi by the KU Sigma Chi chapter.  She met Arthur Coate while attending KU;  they were married on September 18, 1949.


Martha worked for the Kansas Childrens Home Service League providing adoption services to families.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend.  She was a talented pianist, soprano, tennis player and docent at the Nelson Art Gallery in Kansas City. She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood in Kansas City and Naples, Florida. She was a member of the Village Presbyterian Church.  She was known for her great sense of humor. She and her husband Art raised their family in Prairie Village, Kansas and Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  After Art's retirement, they lived in Prairie Village, Kansas and Naples, Florida.  


Martha’s greatest joy was her family.  She is survived by her husband, Arthur Coate of Prairie Village, Kansas, brother, Judson Goodrich of Louisville, Colo, daughter, Sarah (Bill) Johnston of El Dorado, Kansas, sons Arthur Coate Jr. of Boulder, Colo,  David (Sheryl)  Coate of Pembroke, Mass, grandchildren Russ (Emma) Coate, Stephanie Coate, Jennifer Coate,  Matthew (Jessica) Johnston, Elliott Johnston, Allison (Chris) Leson, Brian Coate,  Michelle Coate, great grandchildren John and Margot Coate, Charles and Samuel Johnston, and Emery Leson.


Martha was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Burnett Firstenberger and Marc Goodrich.


Memorials have been established for the Village Presbyterian Church Music Ministries Endowment and the Lifespace Foundation Claridge Court Health Center.

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Memorial Service
Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Road
Prairie Village
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Date of Service:
Feb 09 ,2019
Time of Service:
2:00 pm
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