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Alice R. Coleman

Alice R. Coleman, 98, passed away quietly in her home on December 28, 2017.

She was born in New Hope, Alabama on November 10, 1919 to the late William and Fannie Rice. Four brothers and two sisters proceeded her in death.

Alice grew up on a large and busy farm in Huntsville, Alabama surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She recalled that during the Great Depression, no one was ever hungry due to the apples, peaches, plums, corn, tomatoes, and okra that they grew in large orchards and gardens. Her parents also raised cotton and cattle and had a catfish pond.

She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a teaching degree, and worked as a substitute teacher in Sheffield before marrying Robert A. Coleman of Pocahontas, Tennessee on September 6, 1941. When World War II broke out, she spent five years living out of suitcases and staying at different bases while he served in the Army.

From 1946 – 1955 the couple resided in Sheffield, Alabama. They moved to Marietta, Ohio after Robert was transferred with Union Carbide, where he worked as a Mechanical Engineer. He passed away in 1989. Alice was a stay-at-home housewife to three children, Lewis, Nancy (Doug Wallace) and Carolyn (John Waller). She is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Alice was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church and was active in several Bible study circles. She enjoyed playing Bridge and Sudoku and claimed they kept her mind sharp. She was an excellent seamstress and loved to bake. Visitors were always served cobblers or pies made from the fruit she and Robert raised in their own small backyard orchard.

She will be remembered for her Southern hospitality, sly sense of humor, stoic and dignified manner, and hard-work ethic.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday (Dec. 30) at 2:00 pm at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with Reverend Don Archer officiating. Family will greet friends before the service from 12 noon until 2:00. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at