January 14, 1935 ~ June 15, 2009
Sarah (Sally) W. Coates, 74, of Prospect St., New Haven, passed away suddenly on June 15, 2009. She was born on January 14, 1935 in Providence, RI to the late William W. and Lilla Sammis White. Sarah is survived by her two children, Jennifer Coates and her husband Samuel Brody of Bainbridge Island, WA, and Christopher Coates and his wife Barbara of Summit, NJ, her siblings, Lilla Woodhouse of Little Compton, RI, and William White of Bridgton, ME, and her grandchildren, Laura and Ryan Coates and Cymbeline Coates-Brody. Sarah grew up in Rhode Island before graduating with a BA in French from Smith College. After graduating, she worked as a music and dance critic for Newsweek Magazine in New York City. She then moved to Sherman, CT with the late Anthony Robertson Coates, father to Jennifer and Christopher, and started a family. In 1972, Sally and the two children moved to New Haven where she resided until her death. Central to Sally's life was a love of music in her long-term study of piano, the making of chamber music with others and regular attendance at concerts in New Haven and New York City. She was a strong supporter of music and the arts at Yale University. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 20th at 10:30 AM at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, in care of arrangements. Memorial contributions in Sarah's name may be made to The Yale School of Music, 345 College St., P.O. Box 208246, New Haven, CT 06520.