DeMaris Marie Coleman, 80Published 9:19am Thursday, June 12, 2014 Updated 11:19am Thursday, June 12, 2014
DeMaris was born on March 6, 1934 in Breckenridge, to parents Benjamin and Alice (Wilke) Mecklenberg.
She grew up in Nashua and attended school in Nashua and Tintah.
She was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Nashua.
On Dec. 28, 1957, she married Samuel Coleman at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. They lived in various places before settling in Elbow Lake in 1961.
DeMaris was active as a Sunday school teacher, release time teacher and Bible school teacher.
She was also a 4-H leader along with Samuel. She was involved with the Homemaker’s Club and Ladies Aid at Church.
She enjoyed spending time at the lake, flower gardening, having coffee with friends, playing bingo and trips to the casino.
She collected angels and especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
DeMaris is survived by her husband, Samuel, of Elbow Lake; a daughter, Jane Gardner of Wendell; sons, Perry (Tammie) Coleman of Dent, Joel (Carla) Coleman of Elbow Lake, Jim (Chris) Coleman of Pelican Rapids, and Tim (Gayle) Coleman of Hoffman; a sister, Sandy (Harlan) Haarstad of Elbow Lake; brothers, Curt (Marie) Mecklenberg of Clitherall and Bob Mecklenberg of Jamestown, N.D.; sisters-in-law, Carrie Ann Mecklenberg of Pine River, Ione (Jim) Goff of Benson, Janice (Dick) Nagel of St. Michael; brothers-in-law, Gerald (Gail) Coleman of Elbow Lake, Bob Wyman of Mound; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rodney Mecklenberg; a sister, Janet (Gordon) Bjugan; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Wyman.
Visitation: Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, at United Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake
Burial: Union Cemetery, Elbow Lake
Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake