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August 2, 1917 ~ February 11, 2013

Thelma Lucille (Curtis) Milbrath Coates, 95, of Vancouver, WA, passed away at home on Feb. 11, 2013. She was born in Buckley, WA on Aug. 2, 1917 to William and Lucille (Lamb) Curtis.
Thelma graduated from college in Ellensburgh, WA (now known as Central Washington University) with a degree in Teaching. She was the first Special Education teacher in Clark County.
Thelma was a former Grand Chief of the Pythians and enjoyed crafts, crochet, craft bazaars, and playing card games (very well).
Thelma is survived by her daughters, Patricia Morales (Andres) and Billie Edwards; grandchildren, Darlene Myers (Randy), Travis Edwards, Shyla Middleton (Steve), Marcus Morales (Robyn), Mona Kelly (Sheridan) and Andy Morales Jr. (Marina); 11 great-grandchildren; and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her 2nd husband, Keith Coates and first husband, Kenneth Milbrath.
A funeral service will be Sat., Feb. 16, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, WA.
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Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 892-6060
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 13, 2013