Evelyn Meadows Coleman


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Evelyn Meadows Coleman, 93, of Gratz, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Strasburg, VA.

She was born on February 19, 1920 in Shady Springs, WV, a daughter of the late Bessie L. and William "Billy" Meadows.

She was a graduate of Shady Springs High School and Beckley College, where she majored in business. Upon graduation, she moved to Baltimore MD, where she worked at the Glenn L. Martin Airplane Factory as an airplane inspector in support of the war effort on the B-26 Bomber. There she met her husband, Mark "Mac" Coleman. They were married in Baltimore on Nov. 20, 1943. After the war they lived in California and then moved to Harrisburg, Pa.; where Evelyn was a homemaker and Mac worked in construction. From there, they eventually settled in Gratz, Pa, operating a chicken farm.

Evelyn was very active at Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz; teaching Sunday School, Bible School, and writing for the church newsletter.

Evelyn will also be remembered as the money collector, ID checker, and bouncer during the many years she helped at her son's establishment, "The Fuzzy Bunny". She enjoyed meeting and talking to younger generations and will truly be missed.

Her husband, Mark A. "Mac" passed away in 2003. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Flannie Meadows; a sister, Erdene Shafer; and two foster brothers, Alton and Gary Workman.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda D. Atwell and her husband Gene from Strasburg, VA; a son, Mark E. Coleman and his wife Lisa of Gratz; two grandsons, Curt E. Atwell of Richmond VA and Mark T. Coleman and his wife Abbe of Camp Hill; a great-grandchild, Lillian N. Atwell of Strasburg, VA; a sister-in-law, Annie Coleman of Stamford, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Simeon United Lutheran Church with Rev. Martine Joseph officiating.

Burial was in Union Cemetery, Gratz.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Simeon Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 478 , Gratz PA 17030.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.

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