Erma Lofgren Coats of Talala died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the home of her daughter in Clifton, Colo.

She was 85.

Mrs. Coats was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Hollow to Mable Lofgren and Harley Thompson. She was raised on her grandparents’ ranch.

She is a member of the Cherokee Nation. She was a 30 year member of the Luthern Church.

She married Robert Daniel Coats. He survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Barbara Maurer of Clifton, Sheila Smith of Palisade, Colo., and Tonjia Tweedy of Grand Junction, Colo.; four grandchildren, Tara Marshall, Casper Maurer, Natasha Holmquist, and Breanna Miracle, and four great-granchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Thomas Funeral Home in Welch.

Burial will be in the Bluejacket Cemetery.