Norma Jean Coen

ELKHART - Norma Jean Coen, age 79, died May 10, 2020 at her home in Elkhart. She spent her final days surrounded by her family. On April 7, 1941 on a farm in Baca County, CO, Virgil and Norma Lackey welcomed their first child, a daughter they named Norma Jean. As a child, she worked alongside her parents and siblings taking care of the farm and household chores.


Jeannie and Donald Coen got married on June 1, 1958 and begin their life together in Wichita, KS. The family moved to Morton County in 1976 to take over the family farm. Jean was briefly married to Melvin Strothman in 1993.


She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Disch of Ft. Smith, AR, Donna Renz of Lakin, Barbara Luck of Elkhart, and son Alan Coen of Elkhart, 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, as well as her brothers, Jesse Lackey of Prescott, AZ, Bob Lackey of Elburn, IL and John Lackey of Hudson, CO. Jean is preceded in death by son Douglas at age three months, daughter Christie, her parents Virgil and Norma and two brothers, Jay and Joe and a great-grandson, Colby.


Graveside service will be 2 p.m. May 15, 2020, at the Rolla Cemetery in Rolla, KS, and on Garnand Funeral Homes facebook page. Visitation will be 2 - 8 p.m. on May 14, 2020, at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart, KS. Memorial contributions may be given to Church at Jake’s Barn in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.