In Memory

Gerry Coffey (Stevens)

Geraldine A. "Gerry" Stevens of Dixon died February 8th, 2018 in her home surrounded by her family.  She was born on August3, 1938 in Dixon, IL the daugher of Harold and Roseann (Friel) Coffey. Gerry married Robert D. "Bob" Stevens, Sept 21, 1957, in Dixon, IL. Shortly after their marriage, Bob was drafted into the US Army and stationed in Gehlhausen, Germany.  While there at the age of 19, Gerry became a youth activity director and cheerleading counselor.  She became a licensed real estate agent in 1971, a broker in 1974, opened Stevens Realtors in 1977 and was the first woman to own her own reality company in Lee County.  Through hard work, long hours and exceptional service, she achieved much success and many awards including "Realtor of the Year" in 1986.  Gerry served the community as a member of the Board of Directors for several groups: Lee County Board of Realtors, Kreider Services, Inc., Dixon Industrial Development Association and the first woman president of the Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce. She was also active in Dixon Rotary and instrumental in setting up Dixon Main Street and the Lee-Ogle Crime Stoppers Board.  She was a faithful member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church where she thoroughly enjoyed volunteering in many capacities including Loaves & Fishes, cleaning the church, counting donations and laundering the server' albs.  She also volunteered for many other organizaions in her community such as Meals on Wheels, Buddy Bags and the Serving Up Summer lunch program.  Gerry retired in 2001 so she could be the "helpful" grandma'.  She believed the greatest gifts her children blessed her with were her grandsons whom she followed closely and served as a remarkable role model for.  She treasured spending time with family and friends, whether playing cards, bowling or as she called it "therapy", breakfast after church, picnics or just simply chatting while watching the river go by.  Her love of God, family, friends and life are an inspiration to those that had the privilege of knowing her.  She will be derly missed.  She is survivied by her husband  Bob, one son, Bob (Sue) Stevens of Parker, CO, on daughter Tracy (Bill) Webb of Dixon, three grandsons, Bobby Stevens of Parker, CO , Garrett Webb of Davenport, IA and Hunter Webb of Dixon.  She is also survived by her two brothers Tom (Marilyn) Coffey of Dixon, "second daugher" Pam (Clark) Lumsden and numerous close cousins, nieces and nephews and cherished friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Joe Coffey.