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Edith Davis Coffin, 77, painter, teacher, sailor

Edith Caroline Davis Coffin, a watercolorist and sailing enthusiast, died Thursday at her home after a two-year struggle with cancer. The Annapolis-area resident was 77.

Born Edith Davis in Philadelphia, she graduated from Haverford Township High School in 1944. She earned a bachelor's of fine arts in art education from Philadelphia College of Art and taught art at public schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She was a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Annapolis Watercolor Society and the Maryland Federation of Art.

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She married David Coffin in 1951, and the couple lived in Silver Spring before moving to Annapolis in 1984 to pursue their love of sailing. Mr. Coffin died in 1989.

Mrs. Coffin was a member for many years at Wallace Presbyterian Church, Hyattsville, before joining Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Annapolis. She led a women's ministries Bible study there and was the head of the flower committee.

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She enjoyed traveling, often painting landscapes and seascapes from her destinations, and was an avid walker.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 710 Ridgely Ave.

Mrs. Coffin is survived by two sons, Dr. David F. Coffin Jr. of Fairfax, Va., and Mark T. Coffin of Riva; four daughters, Sandra E. Florence of Maui, Hawaii, Tracy A. Young of Silver Spring, and Robin S. Coffin and Heidi L. Jones, both of Glyndon; a sister, Dorothy J. Cronin of Malvern, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


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