Elsie Blanche (Stoll) Coleman, 95, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Park Lane Nursing Home in Scott City, Kansas. She was born at home in eastern Colorado on April 30, 1925, the youngest of five children born to Clara and Henry Stoll.
She attended a country school and graduated from Simla Union High School in 1942. On July 16, 1944, she married Ivan Coleman in Del Rio, Texas, where he was a Pilot Instructor in the Army Air Forces in WWII. They were married 64 years. Ivan died October 7, 2008.
They had four daughters: Viola, Anna, Sharon, and Janice. They lived on farms outside Boulder, Fort Collins, and Kersey, Colorado. Elsie was in an Extension Club in both Fort Collins and Kersey. She supported her daughters with their 4-H projects. She was an avid sewer and quilter and enjoyed crafts.
She accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was in high school and was an active member of the Presbyterian Church wherever she lived. Her faith sustained her throughout her life.
In their retirement Ivan and Elsie visited many places in the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. They traveled to Europe and took a Farm Tour of Australia and New Zealand.
She is survived by 3 daughters: Viola Koelliker (Van) of Robinson, KS, Sharon Holifield (Holly) of Sheridan, WY, and Janice Lockman (Steve) of Dighton, KS, one sister-in-law Shirley Coleman of Boulder, 8 grandchildren, Dr. Marshall Holifield (Andi), Christopher Hawthorne of Kansas City, MO, Eric Holifield (Kristy), April Hawthorne of Portland, Oregon, Dr. Heather Holifield (Dr. Dan), Jennifer Adams (Robby), Brian Lockman, and Sarah Fuerstenberg (Justin), 10 great-grandchildren, 8 nephews and 7 nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Ivan and his siblings, one daughter Anna Coleman Velazquez and one grandson Marco Velazquez of Guadalajara, Mexico, one niece and one nephew.
Services were held at 11 AM on March 29, 2021 at the Kersey Community Church of Kersey, Colorado, with interment at 3:30 PM at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder.
Arrangements were made by Greenwood & Myers Mortuary of Boulder, Colorado.
The funeral service may be viewed on YOUTUBE: Kersey Community Church, Kersey, Colorado - Elsie Coleman Service.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Greenwood & Myers Mortuary
2969 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80303
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 9, 2021