Grace Evelyn Coghlan passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at age 94 on March 10, 2019. She was born to Nick and Pearl Carr in High Bridge, Iowa on January 2, 1925.


The seventh of nine children, she and her family faced hardship during the Depression, but were always rich in love. Grace was a very bright student and was always eager to learn, however, she left school at age 13 to help support her family. Despite this Grace never stopped learning thanks to her skills as an avid crossword puzzler.


In 1946, Grace married her beloved, James (Jim) Coghlan II. The couple initially settled in Perry where they would welcome daughter Cynthia and son James before purchasing their first and only home in Woodward in 1948. Another daughter, Tracey, would come along in 1964.


After her children had gone to school, Grace began working for the Woodward-Granger Community School District as a lunch lady. She truly enjoyed cooking for all the kids and would always make an extra pan of cookies or cinnamon rolls for her favorite youngsters. When she wasn’t working, Grace had several hobbies including embroidery, playing cards (especially cribbage), dancing the polka, teaching Sunday school and vacationing at Spirit Lake.


Grace and Jim would spend 52 years together before Jim passed away in January 1998. Grace continued to live in Woodward with the occasional week spent in Indianola with her daughter Tracey and son-in-law Chris. Through her life, Grace was known for her generosity towards others, her incredible work ethic, her…colorful language, and her enormous heart that loved so many.


Grace is survived by her three children; Cynthia (Buster) Frantum, James (Dianna) Coghlan, and Tracey (Chris) Deckard; six grandchildren, Kacy (Sue) Frantum, Kelli (Alan) Noland, Kristi (Dusty) Williamson, James (Jennifer) Coghlan, Stefanie (Scott) Dennis, and Jennifer (Korbin) Stich; and eleven great-grandchildren.


A funeral service was held at the Woodward United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 13 at 11 a.m. There will be an additional celebration of life on June 8 with one big party, just the way Grace would’ve wanted it.


Memorial contributions can be made to the Woodward Cemetery or the Woodward United Methodist Church.


Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.