Georgia Ree Coleman

April 11th, 1944January 9th, 2020

Georgia Ree Salter was born April 11, 1944 in Pensacola, Florida to parents Ruby Lee (Taite) and George Wellington Salter. An intelligent and precocious child, she was the oldest of 13 siblings and quickly assumed a role of support and leadership within the family. After passing a skills and knowledge exam, Georgia was able to graduate high school at age 16 and spent her last year as more of a teacher for the younger children than a student.  At this young age, she already displayed what would be a driving force in her life- support and protection for her family. Not only did she assist her younger siblings with their school lessons, but she also worked to protect them from the winters’ chill by petitioning to have their classroom moved to a facility that was heated in winter, and to get the school bus replaced with one that had working heat. 

During her college studies in Mobile, Alabama, Georgia met Franklin Davis Coleman who would walk her home after classes. Georgia and Franklin were married in 1962. The pair were blessed with four sons.  During the time they were growing their family, they moved from the south to Santa Barbara, California to pursue a better life on the west coast for their family. Georgia made sure that her home and hearth were always open to family needing support. All of Georgia’s siblings and their children were always welcome in the Coleman household, and many of them started a new life in California at Georgia’s urging and with her help. Her door was never closed to a family member in need, and she would even skip a meal to make sure that the guest had plenty.

Georgia followed a job opportunity to work at Storage Technology in Louisville, Colorado in 1977 and the family has been here in Colorado ever since.  In her retirement, she finally had the time to let her love of reading blossom- friends and family were always amazed to find out how quickly she could read a whole book series. 

Faith has always been an important part of Georgia’s life. Aside from always being active in church and involved with teaching and mentoring her church family, she always had a direct relationship with Jesus. Family members recall many times she would say “Thank you, Lord” or “Thank you, Jesus” after being silent, as if she had been having a conversation with the Lord in that quiet moment just before. Whether she was expressing her thanks for the Lord’s blessings, or praying for protection for her beloved family, Georgia’s mind often turned to Christ in prayer and praise. 

Georgia’s ability to lend support and grace to others was evident throughout her whole life, even towards the end when illness began to steal her ability to speak. Family members were moved by the effect Georgia had on her roommates and neighbors in the assisted living facility- they were always thanking Georgia for the profound influence she had on their lives, even in her illness. 

Those difficult days of disability came to a peaceful end on January 9, 2020, when surrounded by her sons, Georgia left this earth to be with the Lord. The family who were present that early morning shared a deep sense of peace in those final moments. 

Georgia was preceded in passing by her parents and her brother, Jake Taite. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband of 57 years, Franklin Davis Coleman, Sr; her four sons Franklin, Jr (and Pat, his wife); David (and Susan, his wife); Tyrone, and Kenneth (Roselyn, his wife). She is also survived by 11 of her siblings: Elouise, Clarine, Joe, Ruby, Lay, Chris, Ann, Donald, Andrew, Reynaldo and Betty. She leaves behind a legacy of 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and countless other relations and friends. All who knew Georgia were moved by her strength of spirit and selfless love. She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed. 




Memorial Service Saturday, January 25th at 10:00 am in the Chapel at Darrell Howe Mortuary




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