Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 15, 2013

Patricia Lucy Coats

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Patricia Lucy Coats, 75, of Traverse City, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at her home on East Bay. Pat was born on April 23, 1938, in Gary, Ind., the daughter of Robert and Irene (Minniti) McKenna.

On Aug. 23, 1958, she married Carlton James Coats. Pat and Jim moved to Traverse City in 1973 with their children Rebecca, Daniel and Margaret (Dunkly), all surviving.

Pat attended Indiana State College with Jim and received her Master of Social Work degree from Michigan State University.

Her dedication to those in greatest need showed up in her professional work with foster care families and with the elderly. Pat was known for her love of all animals, her athletic abilities, her loyalty to family and friends and her readiness for adventure. She loved reading, hiking, sailing, traveling, the opera and hosting dinners for family and friends.

Pat’s grandchildren, Ashley Coats, Chantel Smith, Kingsley and Oliver Coats, and Lucy and Wyatt Dunkly, were a constant, joyous focus in her later years.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Joseph Church, Peninsula Township, preceded by a vigil service Thursday at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society for melanoma research at or the Humane Society at

Please visit to sign Pat’s guestbook.

Arrangements are with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.