Patricia Coon

Patricia Barker Coon (Barker)

Sunday, April 3rd, 1927 - Sunday, November 10th, 2019
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Patricia Barker Coon, age 92, a resident of Brookdale at Fillmore Pond in Bennington and a former resident of Amenia, NY and Stephentown, NY died on November 10, 2019 following a brief illness.

She was born in Burlington, Vermont on April 3, 1927, and was the daughter of the late Clifford and Grace (Rumball) Barker. She received her education in local schools and is a graduate of New Paltz State University. As a small child, she took piano lessons, and then went on the play the flute, alto horn, trumpet, bell lyre and drums. She played in the school band as well as the community band. Patricia married a dairy farmer and had five children.

She loved to sew and learned to quilt. Patricia has won several awards for baking, sewing and crafts. Patricia was Girl Scout Leader and 4H Leader. She was a Dutchess County Cooperative Extension Board member, Chairperson of the Dutchess County Dairy Princess Committee. She was a member of the Smithfield Presbyterian Church in Amenia, NY and was an Elder of the church.

She retired from teaching in 1992. She had taught at the Webutuck Central School District for twenty-eight and one half years. She was instrumental in setting up the computer program for the Middle School in the Webutuck district. Patricia belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma, the International Honor Society for teachers.

She moved to Stephentown in 1987, and became a very active member of the community; which included membership in the Stephentown Federated Church and Chairperson of the General Committee. She was involved with the Literacy Volunteers as a tutor and board member, and sat on the Board for the Stephentown Library. She was also a member of the Pittsfield College Club. Patricia enjoyed playing the organ and swimming at the YMCA.She also enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Australia and New Zealand. She loved Hot Air Balloons and several years ago she attended the Rose Bowl Parade and helped assemble the floats.

Survivors include her long time companion George Eckhardt of Stephentown, NY, her children: Sheila (Todd) Hewitt of Berlin, NY, Peter (Alice) Coon of Amenia, NY, Timothy (Elizabeth) Coon of Amenia, NY, David (Kimberly) Coon of Amenia, NY, Christopher (Sarah) Coon of Sharon, CT. Patricia leaves fifteen grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren. She has two sisters; Carolyn Cookingham of Staatsburg, NY and Marion Jural of Tomahawk, WI. and many loved nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents and one sister, Barbara.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Stephentown Federated Church at 12:00PM. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:30 until the time of the service.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 15th, 2019 | 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Friday, November 15th, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Stephentown Federated Church
    Address Not Available
  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 15th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, November 15th, 2019 12:00pm
    Stephentown Federated Church
    Address Not Available
    Reverend Bonnie Bates


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Dianne Mosher

Posted at 02:08pm
Sheila , your Mom was the sweetest lady! I know you and the kids have great memories to cherish. My condolences.
Dianne Mosher

Andy & Vicki Imperati

Posted at 03:56pm
Andy & I and on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, we are sending our thoughts and prayers to the entire family during this time.

Carli Drake

Posted at 11:30am
I have fond memories of this special lady. My condolences to the family.

Donna Cook

Posted at 10:13am
I am so sad to hear this. Not only was she my third grade teacher, but my friend Sheila's Mom and my girl scout leader. Sheila, my thoughts and love are with you and the entire family at this time. Will talk to you soon

Love, Will & Elaine

Posted at 07:52am
Chris & Sarah, Our love is with you and your family today. Patricia will be missed.
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