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Maggie Mae Lacey Coleman

Memorial for Maggie Mae Lacey Coleman

Born in Lexington, Mississippi on Sep. 3, 1920
Departed on Oct. 17, 2012 and resided in Austin (formerly Chicago), TX.
Service: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
Cemetery: Lincoln Cemetery
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Maggie Mae Lacey Coleman, homemaker and master gardener, earthly journey came to a peaceful end on October 17 in the comfort of her home and with family. She was surrounded by a view of her beloved yard with roses, flowers, and trees of life. Born in Lexington, Mississippi on, September 3, 1920; the eldest of twelve children, she is a graduate of Saints Industrial High School.

She was united in matrimony to the late Curtis Othello Coleman in 1939 in Lexington, Mississippi. From 1939 until 1943, they resided In Memphis, Tennessee, and in 1943, were part of the great migration north and settled in Chicago, Illinois. As a homemaker, Maggie initiated and assumed leadership roles in many community and church activities while raising five children. Maggie was known as feisty and the rebel, who always had a cause and never met a stranger. In the pursuit of better weather and a one-story house, in 1997 Maggie and Curtis, and daughter Elaine, moved to Austin where their youngest daughter and son-in-law reside.

Her husband of nearly sixty-eight years, Curtis O. Coleman, Sr., son Curtis Jr., daughter Shirley McCall, and four siblings predeceased her. Daughters surviving her are Marva Reed (Dr. Christopher Reed) (Chicago), Elaine (Austin), and Brenda Coleman-Beattie (Chester Beattie Jr.) (Austin); Grandchildren: Robert Reed (Chicago), Malcolm Reed (Audrey) (Chicago), William Reed (Dr. Monica Clark-Reed, M.D.) (Houston), Great grandchildren in Chicago: Ashley, Dominique, and Faith Reed. Survivors include seven siblings, who reside in the Chicago area: Reverend John Lacey (Stella), Louise Smith, Eva Spires, Minnie Horton (Thomas), Curtis Lacey, Odean Bulliock, Dr. Roy Lacey, M.D. (Iraetta), In addition, Maggie leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, chosen family, and friends in Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, California, Mississippi and Brazil.

An Austin, Texas memorial service will be held at a future date at her beloved and faithful Bannockburn Baptist Church home. King-Tears Mortuary prepared Maggie for the flight to Chicago for home going services entrusted to Leak and Sons Funeral Home. Service will take place at her former church home in Chicago, Liberty Baptist Church, and burial will follow at Lincoln Cemetery next to her late husband Curtis.

Words cannot express the love and happiness she experienced during her nearly fifteen years in Austin. Her church, neighbors, chosen family, and friends were truly joyful and amazing and for this, the family is most grateful.

The family wishes to acknowledge her caregiver Nancy Gonzalez, who for two and a half years provided loving, compassionate care. The caring health and their staff over the years include Drs. Kapadia and Narepalem, Dr. Gerald Levy and nurse Mariette, Dr. Steven Fehrenkamp, APN Amy Esqueda, and his entire staff, Dr. Edith Simmons, Ms. Nikki, and nurse Christie, Thomas Van Horn, and the pharmacy staff at HEB located at William Cannon and Brodie especially Maria.

Per Maggie's request, she nurtured and loved many flowers and gardens during her lifetime and does not desire flowers at this time. Instead, please consider a contribution in her memory to any of the following: Meals on Wheels and More, Family Eldercare, or the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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