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“Can't believe it's been a year. She was a great gal and coworker. ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Joyce Mitchell - Centerville, IA

“Sorry to hear of JoElla's passing. Our Moms were first cousins. My mother was Eleanor Lowe Stuart and lived in Centerville. I remember visiting...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Orvella Wright - Jefferson City, MO

“Our love and prayers to JoElla's family. Larry and Janice DeVore Gatrel ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Larry and Janice DeVore Gatrel - IA

“She was a very nice lady and will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the family. From the Ewing Family. Matthew, Margery, and Marilyn ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: Margery Davison - Centerville, IA

“I am sorry to hear of your loss. I wish I could be there for you guys. ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Tina Vosberg (Hopkins Talbert)

“Grandma Jo was just that Grandma. Didn't matter that I wasn't blood related to her I was her granddaughter and she treated me as such. I was always...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Mae Keel - Centerville, IA


“I'm sorry for your loss Kim. My condolences to you and your family. I recently lost my step-dad (Larry) so I know hard it is. Hope you are doing...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: amber wright jones - centerville, IA

“Im so very sorry for your loss. The loss runs so very deep. I pray that God is able to guide your grief journey as you travel the hard road ahead....Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Tammy Neff - Fairfield, IA

“Our thoughts go out to you at this time. May the comfort of peace and hope embrace you and your family. ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: Bobby and Sheryl [Zeck] Faizy and Tarah and Karen Zeck

“She showed me how to walk the tracks from Mystic to Brazil. So many memories. So very sorry for your loss. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Patricia Watts Peck - Milan, IL

“Daughter of my mother's cousin Elaine her passing brings a sad heart remembering her birth and childhood that brought such joy to her parents and...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Howard L & Betty J DeVore - OR

“I'm so sorry to hear of JoElla's passing. She was a good friend and Coworker. We had good times together at work. She will be missed. ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Becky cooprider - Centerville, IA

“Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. You're in our thoughts, our hearts, and our prayers. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Mark and Thelma Smothers

“Was a great lady and friend. Not sure which factory maybe mcgraw edition edition.sorry for your loss. ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: joyce mitchell - Centerville, IA

“Prayers to the family. ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: nellie thomas - Centerville, IA

“My thoughts and prayers to JoElla's family. ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Michelle Estlack - Kearney, MO

“So very sorry to hear of JoEllas passing. Prayers for all. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Tony & Wendy Argenta - IA

“My heart aches for your family, they lost an amazing women. May you rest in peace JoElla. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Brittany - Matthews, IN

“I was so sorry to hear of this great loss for my nephew Ross Vanderheyden. Praying for y'all Kim. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Debby Vanderheyden Faught - TN

“A beautiful soul!! Always there to help Family and Friends, Will be greatly missed. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Lisa - clarence, MO - Family

“So sorry to hear about this. I remember her well. My thoughts are with the family at this sad time. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Lori Arnold-Woten - Phoenix

“I will continue to feed the birds for you. You lit up like the sun when you watched them. And you don't even have to call me butthead to get me to do...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Craig Lane - Mystic, IA

“Kim, Jerry Michael, Nick, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families in this time of sorrow. R.I.P. JoElla may you soar with the angels...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Tammy Baysinger - Corona, CA

“Rest in peace Grandma! We all love you! You will forever be in my heart. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Jessica Coatney - Centerville, IA

“RIP Mom. We Love You ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Kim - Mystic, IA - Daughter

“was very sorry too hear of the passing of my cousin, joella coatney. we spent a lot of time together growing up. my love & prayers go out too her...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: roberta buban - centerville, IA

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JoElla Elaine Coatney, age 65 of Brazil, Iowa, passed away Friday, November 27, 2015 at her home.

She was born January 13, 1950 in Albia, Iowa, the daughter of William Eugene "Gene" and Eleanora Elaine (Campbell) Watts. JoElla married Jerry H. Coatney on September 16, 1966 in Unionville, Missouri. To this union of marriage, they were blessed with three children, Jerry M., Kimberley J., and Nicholas W. They later divorced. JoElla later married LaVern Wages. The couple eventually divorced. JoElla lived her entire life in Brazil, Iowa.

JoElla was employed with Rubbermaid in Centerville. She later went to work for Curwood Manufacturing. JoElla worked in the finishing department with the company for nearly twenty years, retiring due to health reasons.

She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. JoElla also enjoyed hosting holiday meals for family gatherings in her home. She had a passion for feeding and watching the birds in her backyard, especially humming birds. JoElla also enjoyed playing cards, as well as computer games.

JoElla is survived by her three children, Jerry M. (Kristy) Coatney of Brazil, Iowa, Kimberley (Craig) Coatney of Brazil, Iowa, and Nicholas (Sarah) Coatney of Brazil, Iowa; six grandchildren, Ross Vanderheyden, Jessica Coatney, Noah Coatney, Abigail Coatney, Deagan Coatney, and Remi Coatney; a great grandchild, Reed Vanderheyden; a sister-in-law, Linda Watts of Centerville, Iowa; an aunt, Margret Foster; and several nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her second husband, LaVern Wages; two brothers, William E. Watts, Leslie Joe Watts; and a sister, Linda Sue Barger.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Jack Engle officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery, Mystic, Iowa. A visitation will take place at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville on Monday, November 30, 2015 from 10 AM-8 PM, with the family greeting friends from 6-8. Memorials have been established to the Highland Cemetery Association and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at