Ceoria M. Coates died at home in Oak Park on Aug. 25, 2021. Born on Jan. 29, 1926, she was raised in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1949. She met her husband, Thomas (Donald) Coates in Flint, and after college, they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he attended law school and later became a City Councilman. In addition to working full time in property management, she helped to manage her husband’s political campaigns and took great pride and enjoyment in raising their son, Thomas.
Upon retirement, she spent the next 35 years acting professionally and was an active member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors’ Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) until she died. Her movie and TV acting credits included: The Good Mother, The Firm, Spenser for Hire, The Chicago Code, Sirens, and a PBS documentary: Forgotten Genius: Percy Lavon Julian. She also filmed commercials for CVS, T.J. Maxx, Walgreens, United Way, Allstate, Kraft Foods, and Harris Bank. After moving to Oak Park in 2006, she enjoyed the senior bowling league at Circle Lanes, water aerobics at the West Cook YMCA, and watching or participating in any activity that involved her granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas (Donald) Coates and is survived by her son, Thomas D. Coates (Mary Ann Bender) and her granddaughters, Caitlyn and Calista.