Anna May Coiley, 89, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Fairbanks Pioneers’ Home on April 2, 2018. The previous day, Anna was surrounded by many of her children and grandchildren in celebration of Easter.
Anna was born July 9, 1928, in Boston, Mass, to Helen and Robert Cecchini. Anna married Edward Coiley on November 16, 1946 at St. Ann’s Church in Medford, Mass. The two had known each other from their childhood days. They had met near Cape Cod where Anna’s parents had a summer cabin and Edward’s family had a gas station.
In 1952, Edward, Anna and their young son, Dennis, drove the Alaska Highway. The trip took them 18 days. After settling in Fairbanks, their family grew to five children. While the kids were young and Edward was working throughout Alaska, Anna was a homemaker and provided childcare for many families. Many of those children still live in Fairbanks today and share their fond memories of Anna’s cooking and loving home.
Once their children were older, Anna went to work for the court system. She retired after nearly 30 years of service. Anna enjoyed living in her home on Farmer’s Loop where she tended to a large garden and her lovely flowers each summer. Her primary joy in life was her family. Their home was the gathering place for all family functions and holidays. Anna is known for her fabulous meals and will be remembered by many for the beautiful hand knitted sweaters that she made throughout the years.
Anna was preceded in death by Edward, her husband of nearly 57 years, and Dennis, her eldest son. She is survived by her four children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Cathy and Leonard Stolen and children Dylan Mellard, Tim Mellard and Tiffany and Shawn Miller; Shayne and Martina Coiley and sons Michael and Dominick; Tim Coiley and son Kyle; Kevin and children Carson and Shayne; grandson Kevin Coiley, his wife Sara, great grandchildren Madeline and Anastasia.
Our family would like to express its appreciation to the Pioneers’ Home Aurora wing staff for their care and attention to Anna during her final years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Monroe Foundation, PO. Box 71620, Fairbanks, AK 99701 or Fairbanks Pioneers’ Home, 2221 Eagan Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701. A Memorial Mass will be held at 3 pm, Thursday, April 12 at Immaculate Conception Church with a reception to follow downstairs at the Church Hall.