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Appalachian Funeral Services
Tuesday December 28th, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

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Appalachian Funeral Services
Tuesday December 28th, 2021

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Dr. Laura Coffey

Laura Lee Denton Coffey, PhD, 76, of Webster and Biltmore Lake, NC passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 23, 2021. Laura was born on July 15, 1945 in Hudson, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Myrtle Denton, and her sister, Marlene Walker.

Laura is survived by her family, whom she deeply loved; her husband of 54 years, Dr. Jerry Coffey; her children Jennifer Coffey Frady, her husband Jason Frady; William Coffey, his wife Shelly Coffey; grandchildren Jase, Gracie, Gavin, And Gable Frady; and those special to her that she cherished as her own, special daughter Chimene Mathis, her husband Chas Mathis, and grandson Colton Mathis. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as many dear neighborhood friends, lifelong friends, and professional colleagues.

Laura obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Hanover College and then earned her Masters and Doctorate from Indiana State University. She provided psychological services throughout the communities of WNC since 1970. Together with her husband, they formed Sylva Clinical Psychology in 1984.

In addition to her professional career, Laura found happiness working in her flower garden and taking care of her English Cocker Spaniels. She was a member of the Episcopal Church where she volunteered with the flower guild. She also loved making her famous cookies and pies for family, and friends.

Further, Laura enjoyed her time taking family vacations around the country including trips to concerts, National Parks, camping along the coast, and their annual trip to the Indianapolis 500. Having a deep love for her family, Laura worked to make each member successful by offering her advice and support. She also wanted the same success and happiness for the communities that she called home as evidenced through the love, and wisdom that she freely shared.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 28th beginning at 11:00 A.M at Appalachian Funeral Services, Sylva NC; visitation with the family will proceed the service and will begin at 10:00 A.M. Interment will occur immediately following the service at Stillwell Cemetery in Webster NC

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in her honor to the animal rescue of your choice.

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Jennifer and Will, I just received the Hanoverian Magazine and was so saddened to see your mom and your dad's death announcement. My deepest sympathy to both of you. I loved Laura. She was my sorority big sister and my best friend at college. I will miss their Christmas letters and our occasional conversations. I feel her loss very deeply.

Lana Cochran May 3 2022 11:54 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Laura Coffey

Shirley Denton Ensley Jan 3 2022 6:34 PM

My heart is heavy with hearing about Dr Laura's death. She is a woman and professional I will always hold close to my heart. She helped me during a hard time in my life and she did it with knowledge and compassion. She turned dark into light for me and for that I will be forever grateful. Sending thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

Karen Jan 3 2022 9:03 AM

My condolences to family and friends.

Jimmy Ashe Dec 31 2021 1:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Laura Coffey

Crystal Schutters Dec 30 2021 3:14 AM

I am so sorry to learn of Laura's death. She was a lovely person, a psychologist so committed to her patients, and a treasured colleague. Jerry and family - I am thinking of you in your time of loss.

Sally Cameron Dec 29 2021 12:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Laura Coffey

Lisa Crisp Dec 29 2021 11:20 AM

Jerry, Jennifer, Will
Just learned today of Laura's death. We grieve with you. You were our first neighbor when we moved to Webster and we treasured those years of your friendship.

Karen and Tom Dill Dec 29 2021 9:21 AM

Jerry, sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family. God bless

Bruce O'Leary- Tastebud - buddy Dec 28 2021 8:41 PM

Mike and I are are deeply saddened to hear of Laura's passing. Laura was a wonderful person. She was a gifted counselor, excellent seamstress, witty friend and so much more. We send our love and prayers to Jerry and the family.

Jeannie Saunders Dec 28 2021 8:30 PM

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