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Tora Lee Coates

November 8, 1969 January 27, 2008
Tora Lee Coates
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Sergeant Tora Lee Coates, 38
Tora Lee Coates died on Sunday, January 27, 2008 in Waldorf, MD. Sergeant Coates, a native of Calvert County, Maryland was born in Prince Frederick, Maryland on November 8, 1969. She knew at an early age she wanted a career in law enforcement and set her objectives to accomplish that end. Upon graduation from Northern High School in 1987 she served in the Office of Norman L. Pritchard for three years at the Prince George's County Courthouse. Desiring a more operational career, she joined the Prince George's County Police Department in 1990. Tora Lee, as she was known to family, served the agency in various capacities, including District V, the Public Affairs Office and the Internal Affairs Division. Tora was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999 and received numerous letters of commendation for outstanding police work. Sergeant Coates actively served the community and consistently received outstanding evaluations. Although a committed and dedicated employee, Tora loved to decorate and pamper her beloved pets: Chelsey, Damien and Buddy. She was an avid runner and thoroughly enjoyed eating Chesapeake Bay crabs. Finding Nemo was her absolute favorite movie and she was known to recite it in its entirety if requested. In 1992, Tora committed her life to Christ and fellowshipped at several churches while serving in a public safety capacity for several years. She mourned the loss of her brother Stacy, who preceded her death in 2003 and resumed fellowship with him on January 27, 2008. Tora Lee is survived by her parents: Gladys I. and Herman L. Coates; sisters Peggine Coates, Tracey Ward-Gaines and Odaris Coates; brothers Vonzell and Nathan Ward; and brother-in-law David E. Gaines, Sr. She will be dearly missed by Leslie Peoples and nephews Ian, Stephen, Aaron and David Gaines, Jr. A host of friends, co-workers and extended family members will long remember her. Funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at 11:00A at Dunkirk Baptist Church Dunkirk, MD with Pastor William Campbell, officiating and Pastor David E. Gaines, Sr., eulogist.


Cemetery:
Southern Memorial Gardens 10155 Ward Road Dunkirk, MD 20754 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

6:00PM to 8:00PM at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard Dunkirk, MD 20754 on Friday, February 1, 2008 (map/driving directions)
10:00AM to 11:00AM at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard Dunkirk, MD 20754 on Saturday, February 2, 2008 (map/driving directions)

Service:
11:00AM at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard Dunkirk, MD 20754 on Saturday, February 2, 2008 (map/driving directions)

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