Sylvia Ann “Peanut” Coffman, 84, of Amissville, passed away peacefully March 16, 2017, at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton.
She entered this world Dec. 1, 1932, in Washington, D.C., born to the late Clifton and Eleanor Thompson.
The nickname “Peanut” was given to her as a child because she was no bigger than a peanut. As anyone who knew her she was this little 5-foot, feisty, full of energy, independent, “outspoken,” opinionated (whether you wanted it or not), woman who was so good-hearted, loved her family, friends and grew to love the people she met through her lifetime.
She was known for her love of gardening and would never turn down a plant as a gift. Her immediate family learned a lot from her landscaping abilities even if it was just pulling weeds. In fact, she’s probably planting heavenly flowers in paradise right now.
She loved playing Bridge and became a Headliner Champion. You could always see Mrs. Coffman driving her car somewhere and, later in life, she loved just riding too, thank goodness. If cars had not been invented yet, she would have found another way of getting around. There was no stopping her. She just loved getting out into the world and enjoying life, whether it was to go shopping with her daughters, going out to eat especially Taco Bell, or to see her family and friends. Cruises and Vegas were her most favorite trips she loved to take with anyone. It didn’t matter who, she just wanted to go. I guess that’s why she had so many shoes.
Survivors include her brother, Lester Thompson and wife Ann; a brother-in-law, Cecil Berry; her children David Pompell and wife Tammy, Wayne Pompell, Rena Mitchum and husband Noah, Clifton Wilkins, Lester Wilkins and April Cross and husband Mike; seven grandchildren Jason Poletis, Mark Pompell, Christin Wilkins, Michael Wilkins, Victoria Martin, Jacob Cross and Joshua Cross, and six great grandchildren
Her spouses, Leroy Pompell, Chesley G. Wilkins and Jack Coffman; her sister, Helen Berry; two brothers, Merrill Thompson and Clifton Thompson, and two sons, Chesley Wilkins and Donald Wilkins, preceded her in death.
Her remains will be buried in the Quantico Cemetery with late husband Jack. A gathering of family and friends celebrating her life will be held at her home the beginning of May.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Virginia Breast Cancer Society in her name.