Coleman, Margaret Ann (Cleveland) – Chattanoogan.com

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Margaret Ann Coleman died peacefully from lung cancer on March 31, 2022.

Ann was born in Ramsgate, Kent, England in October 1939, a month after the start of World War II. She was a small child during the Battle of Britain and remembers as a preschooler playing in the “bombbuildings” where she would “go treasure hunting” and find jewelry and other things similar. She also remembered seeing Operation Fortitude, or the fake army, in action as it was near her home area, with rows of fake tanks and mannequins with real troops going back and forth to confuse the enemy.

Kent, the county in which she lived, is known as the Garden of England. When she was very young, her mother worked in the fields picking peas. Ann followed her mother with a spoon and ate the peas from the vine. Instead of buying candy for a penny, she would go buy apples. She has preferred fresh fruits and vegetables all her life. She also played much more outdoors than indoors because, as she said, the houses were much smaller and more bland. She played games like hopscotch, jump rope, and rounder (a version of baseball). When she traveled, she usually used the single-decker bus, even when she was seven years old. On long journeys, she accompanied her mother on a steam train. She also remembers when they got rid of the steam engines. She rarely went to a big city, especially to London. On Easter, she would go to a nearby hill with all the other children and eat an “egg roll”, which means they rolled the eggs down the hill, every year. For Christmas, she never had many toys. We played well with the toys she had, because there were only a few.

When Ann was 14, she moved from Ramsgate to North Umberland in the northeast of the country, where there were only small towns. It was the mid-1950s and the fashion in England for young women was to carry an umbrella and wear a black Macintosh, which is a kind of long raincoat or overcoat.

When she was 21, she saw an ad in the newspaper to work as a paid aide in exchange for a stint in the United States. She had been itching for a way to leave the house. She was beginning to tire of England. The sun rarely shone, the desire to travel accompanied her, and she was bored with pubs and all the drink in England. She arrived in New York by ship and worked as an au pair for a year for Robert Markell, who was producer and art director of the 1957 film, “12 Angry Men,” and also directed the NYPD television series. She helped prepare meals, clean the house and take care of her two children aged 8 and 4.

After that, she went to North Carolina to help her cousin, Joan, for a short while, who was having a baby. She will stay there for two and a half years. Then a friend invited her to go to Albuquerque. She accepted and lived there for a year, working as a Harvey Girl at the train depot. There she met Ken Coleman, who was attending the University of New Mexico and had served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Central Mission, who recognized her accent. He felt that she was a gift from God for him. After just three weeks, they married on January 13, 1966.

She and Ken moved to Colorado, where Ken worked as a jeweler for Zale Corporation. There they had 2 children, Annette in 1968 and Trei in 1970. From there they moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where Ken worked as an associate of JC Penny Company. In 1974, the Coleman family moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, where they ran an extension of the family business, Mr. Zip Convenience Stores of Tennessee.

During her nearly 50 years in Cleveland, in addition to her work as a store supervisor and auditor for Mr. Zip stores, she was also very active in her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Saints. of the Last Days. She has accomplished countless years of service. She was a hard worker and very reliable, often loaded with duties and activities. She loved being involved in her neighborhood and her community. She was voted Cleveland’s Mother of the Year, voted Cleveland’s Family of the Year, was active in the scout program, and regularly participated in water aerobics at the YMCA. One of her favorite things was being a grandmother and she spoke frequently of her 9 grandchildren and her first great grandchild.

In her later years, she enjoyed knitting scarves and hats, which she donated to St. Judes Hospital and cancer patients at Cleveland Cancer Center, as well as her family and friends. friends. She leaves behind a husband, Ken, of 56 years of marriage, a daughter, Annette Coleman Evans, wife, Rob, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson, of Provo, Utah and a son, Trei Coleman, wife , Laura, and 3 grandchildren from Cleveland, Tennessee. She was a faithful and loyal wife, mother, grandmother, family member and friend and will be truly missed.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4200 Pryor Rd. NE, Cleveland, TN.

A broadcast of the service will take place on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBB849Y39xjg9y5PxEJhp0Q/live

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