Muriel “Jean” Coates

Muriel “Jean” Coates, of Republic, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 in Republic Nursing and Rehabilitation. Coates was born in Elsey, to I.E. (Doc) and Fern Murray. Coates was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was married to the late James Coates on June 6, 1959, in Reno, Nev.
Coates was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Earl Hiram Murray and Jack Murray; sisters, Marie Larson and Aileen Thomas.
Coates is survived by her three sons and their spouses; Richard and Diann Coates, Randy and Karen Coates, and Jim and Sherri Coates; five grandchildren, Shawn Coates, Bryan Conley, Madison Coates, Chandler Coates, and Adam Coates; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Verda, Doris, Rex and Bobby.
A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, under the direction of Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in memory of Coates at the Alzheimer’s Association, 3645 South Avenue, Springfield, MO 65738. Friends and family may share online condolences on our website at


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