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Mildred Hill Coffman

August 21, 1930 — January 16, 2021

View Video Tribute View Funeral Webcast Mildred Hill Coffman born August 21, 1930 to Jim and Bertha Hill of Water Valley. The two-pound baby sister to three older brothers. The baby that was not supposed to survive through the night, thrived for 90 years. Everyone would agree she was feisty, spunky, energetic, and loving. Preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Wilburn (Effie), Roy (Sarah) and L.D. (Mary). She always said she had sisters not in-laws. She also lost her precious daughter Cindy, who passed in 2019. Mildred dedicated her life to her church, family, and friends. Always going the extra mile for others. She has so many names; Mom, Granny, ole woman, GiGi and Snooks because she was loved by so many. Mildred wanted to make sure Cindy had a life just like everyone else. Her needs and wants were always fulfilled. If she was invited to something and Cindy was not included, they didn’t go. If Cindy’s center, IMPACT, needed anything, she would be out knocking on doors to make sure they got what they needed. Cindy wanted to go to camp, Mildred found a camp. No challenge was too large. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Carla (Bill) Puckett; two grandchildren, Emily (Stephen) Breinig and Nicholas (Amy) Puckett, and four great grandchildren, Blake and Mary Morgan Breinig, Annie and Ace Puckett. Mildred and Cindy spent countless weekends in Nashville with all her kids. They were her world. It was nothing to find her sitting in the floor playing with dolls and trains or rocking and reading books. Her stories of growing up on the farm with her horse, Trixie, were the best. And always filling the requests for her homemade goodies for all. Her church families were family. Longtime member of Thompson Station Church of Christ, she was always in charge of food for church dinners. There was always way too much food because no one could leave hungry. After she could no longer drive at night, she began going to Northview Church of Christ for Sunday and Wednesday evening worship where she and Cindy were welcomed with open arms and hearts. In 1975 she began working at Highland Park Elementary School cafeteria. She loved being the lunch lady, feeding all the children gave her so much joy. Later in 1978, Mildred went to Columbia State to get her GED. She always hated that she had to quit school to work at the family’s restaurant and store. She was so proud of that piece of paper. Upon retiring in 1995, she finally had her dream job of having her own little antique business at Accents and Antiques. There was nothing better than junking on the weekends. The thrill of what she would find. She loved to explain what things were and how they were used. People would come in and ask if Granny was working today. Here again, all the vendors knew if “Granny” was coming there would probably be something good to eat. She was there almost daily until 2016, at the age of 85. Most of Maury County has had a little bag of peanut brittle, candy or maybe a slice of pie over the years. Mildred loved to cook and make people smile. She always had open arms for a hug and a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed. Pallbearers will be David Hill, Steve Hill, John Hill, John Thomason, Mark Turner and Phil Pantall. Honorary Pallbearers include Ann Bryant, Sara Hood, Christiannia Brown, Mona Lawson, Anita Sadler, and Susan England. Special thanks to nurses Lesa Owens (ADON), Kara, Donna, Kendra and CNAs for all their love and care they provided to Mildred and her family. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 A.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home. The family will visit with friends Thursday from 4:00 P.M.- 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Fund or your favorite charity. Condolences may be extended online at www.oakesandnichols.com.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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320 West 7th Street, Columbia, TN 38401

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Friday, January 22, 2021

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