Stacy Leigh Holmes Coughlin, the mother of U.S. pairs skater John Coughlin, passed away February 24 after a lengthy battle with illness. She was laid to rest Saturday at Mount St. Mary Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo.

“One of the last things my mom said to me and Ryan Bradley was to keep skating,” said Coughlin, who recently finished fourth at the Four Continents Championship with partner Caitlin Yankowskas. “I want to do that for her.”

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the New England Amateur Skating Foundation of Providence, R.I., to assist with the training expenses of Yankowskas and Coughlin. To make a contribution, please read the instructions posted at