Joann Peggy Koller
  • 83 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 5, 1932
  • Place of birth:
    Brodie, Arkansas, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 3, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Let the memory of Joann be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Joann Peggy Koller, 83, born on January 5, 1932 and passed away on November 3, 2015. We will remember her forever.

Joann was born in Brodie, Arkansas to Charles and Lucille Horton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Charles Dee Cossey, daughter Linda Cossey, grandson Chris Cossey, a nephew Charles Moore, as well as three brothers Winston and Paul Horton and Anthony Garcia.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt and leaves to cherish her memory her children, Rita Cirks and Dennis Cossey of Little Rock and Janis Cossey of Hot Springs. Other survivors include her sister Helen Johnson of California, her grandchildren Bryan Hoffmann, Aaron Cossey, Christy Hoffmann, Zachary Truemper, 10 great-grandchildren, as well as a host of extended family and friends. She loved her dog and loyal companion, Foxy.

A lovely memorial service, attended by so many family and friends, was held at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 6, 2015 with Reverend Mary Jones, also a very dear friend, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joann’s Church: Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 5025 Church Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. 

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The site is very user-friendly to use. However, should you prefer, you can email photos, stories, etc. to Helen Johnson (Joann's Sister) at She will add them to the site for you. Please be sure and include photo captions. She will include your name to the posting – but NOT your email or phone number (unless you request it). If you have questions, you can contact Helen at 530-223-3001. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Helen Johnson on 8th January 2016

"Jamie Jo shared a candle on Facebook for her. She liked all the Memorial pictures on Facebook.
Jamie Bihl"

This tribute was added by Helen Johnson on 8th January 2016

"The BEST strawberry cake ever!
Jamie Neal"

This tribute was added by Helen Johnson on 7th January 2016

"Wonderful service.  
Debbi Strozyk Cossey"

This tribute was added by Helen Johnson on 7th January 2016

"Happy Birthday to Aunt Joann! I can taste her strawberry cake!   Candace Mitchell"

This tribute was added by Jeffrey Gluck on 5th January 2016

"Happy Birthday to my Sexy Aunt Joann!  I trust that you are continuing the tradition of enjoying good music and dancing the night away.  I recall all of our long distance phone calls - nothing like flirting on the telephone with your wife's favorite Aunt.  Then you would tell Pam that you always enjoyed talking to a handsome man.  I thank you, I am honored.  Let's continue...    Love Jeff"

This tribute was added by Helen Johnson on 4th January 2016

"Dearest Aunt Joann,

Thank you for always being one of my touchstones and best friends, and for always being there for me.

I hope I have vitality like you had up into my 80's. Wow!

Your strawberry shortcake was always the best ever. Thank you for always making it for me. I will think of you daily, but also share strawberry shortcake often with Mom and Jeff and others in tribute to you. And, on your Birthday coming up on January 5th.

Rest in Peace and give Linda, Foxy, Chris, Charles, and Mantra our love and big hugs as you continue your life dance in Heaven and continue to watch over all of your loved ones.

I miss you so much, and you will forever live on in our hearts and memories. Thank you for touching and making such a difference in my and in so many lives. What a wonderful legacy you have left..."

I will always love and cherish you and our shared memories,
Your "Favorite Niece" Pam
(at least that is what I always called myself)

(Posted for Pam, by Helen (Pam's Mom))"

This tribute was added by Helen Johnson on 3rd January 2016

"My Grandma ~
Memories read at the service by Granddaughter, Christy Hoffmann

My Grandma Joan was the grandma any kid would be proud to call grandma, but the truth is when I was young she hated to be called grandma. She would tell us to call her Joan. Guess it made her feel old, but it never stopped us. To me she was always grandma Joan, but to all the boys she was always memaw.

She was always happy to give me painful and horrible perms and she was always so happy and proud of how they turned out. At least she seemed to be because my hair always looked horrible, but she was always so proud that it made me actually like the bad perm she gave me.

She was the kind of grandma that would make waves on the lake so you would have fun on the tube jumping the waves, or drive in circles all day trying to teach us how to ski. She was always looking "Hot" and "Tan" in her bikini, but always made sure her grandkids had fun and we're happy.

She always made sure she spent time with each of us every summer. She always took my brother Bryan and my Cousin Aaron together for a week each summer. I don't know much about all they did, but I do remember one story that I've been told hundreds of times. From my recollection, she took the two of them to rent a movie and they talked her into renting "Eddie Murphy Raw". They both told her that their moms would let them watch it. They were probably about 10 and 12 and when my mom picked them up they were reciting the movie they had watched and while reciting the words they would say what he said and then say blank and blank for all the dirty words. We all know there were more dirty words than clean words for them to say. Their parents would have never let them watch that, but grandma "sometimes naive" always trusted us and gave us the benefit of the doubt.

I remember tubing on the lake with my cousins and my cousin Kris was on the tube and it sucked his swim shorts right off him. Grandma laughed and we all laughed, he was so embarrassed and he had to wrap a towel around himself, but he learned not to put his legs in the middle of the tube. She knew how to put the boys to work, she had them haul rocks to make her Rock wall and for some reason I don't recall any of them complaining. I was the only girl and got to watch and supervise. She had a way of making you feel like that was a fun thing to do and we all had fun doing it.

Being the only girl she would always take me by myself for a week each summer. When I got older I would bring a friend. When I was 15 I brought my good friend Donya and we pulled up to the dock on the boat to get gas and there was 2 cute boys there working. She told the boys that these two girls are staying with me for the week and they needed to come pick us up and take us out. Needless to say, the boys showed up and we had a great time with them. We all remained friends and even went to Florida together for Spring Break our senior year.

I owe those friendships and fun times to my crazy Grandma Joan. Those are just a few stories and there are many more, but she was a grandma like no other and I can only hope when I have grandkids that they will have as many happy memories with me as I had with my "bikini" grandma.

(Posted for Christy by Aunt Helen)"

This tribute was added by Helen Johnson on 3rd January 2016

"Hi Sis,
I wish Heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again. I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.  I thought about you yesterday, and the days before too.  I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.  All I have are memories and a photo in a frame.  Your memory is a keepsake, from which I'll never part.  

God has you in his arms and I have you in my heart.
Until we talk again, love you Sis."

This tribute was added by Helen Johnson on 3rd January 2016

"December 3

"So very sorry to read of Joanne's passing. We worked at Safeway Dist. Center for many years and Joanne was always fun to work with. When she would come back to visit at the warehouse, she would always look me up. I know she will be missed by her family and friends and my prayers are with her family at this time of bereavement."

Bill Brents (Conway, AR)

(Posted for Bill by: Helen Johnson)"

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