Maxine M. Coates


Maxine Marie Coates, 86, of Traverse City, passed away on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire. Her family would like to thank all of the staff for the excellent care they provided.
Maxine was born on Feb. 28, 1933 in Traverse City the daughter of Adam and Florence (Kroupa) Glazer. In 1952 she married the love of her life, Harvey Coates.
Maxine took on the responsibility of being a stay at home mother to raise their children. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and she was an expert with a fillet knife. She also liked turning heads in her daily driver, a 1972 SS Monte Carlo.
Maxine is survived by two sons, Larry (Walt) Coates, of Interlochen, and Terry (Shelly Dayton) Coates, of Alden; two sisters, Sharon Cozart and Karen Willson; two grandchildren, Carley (Pete) Lortz and Devin Dantè; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Coates; a son, Doug Coates; a brother, Ritchie Glazer; a sister, Joann Peplinske; and her parents, Adam and Florence Glazer.
No services are planned at this time.
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Arrangements have been handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
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Published on August 13, 2019
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Linda Colby - Eucharistic Minister from St. Luke Church in Bellaire, MI
Aug 14, 2019
I had the privilege to meet Maxine when she arrived at Medowbrook Care Facility as a patient. Maxine was quite a lady, very caring, kind, compassionate and a wonderful friend. I will miss our little talks and hugs. She always greeted me with delight and beside praying and administering Holy Communion, she also was interested in my family. I will miss her but I know she is with our Lord enjoying love and peace. My condolences, prayers and thoughts are with Maxine's family. She always spoke of her family with such love. May God bless her family with strength, faith, love, and peace.
Marsha Barrix
Aug 13, 2019
I was shocked to see Mom's obit in the paper today. Such a sweet lady and she always had a special greeting when I saw her. She will be there in our hearts now and forever.