Marie Coleman, 78


Marie Coleman passed away on June 7, and her funeral service was held Friday, June 20 at the Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ in Marin City.

Coleman is remembered as a woman who cared for her family and friends and welcomed people into her community.

She was born on July 6, 1936, in the small town of Hilly, Louisiana, now known as Dubach, the third of five children to Lavelle and Emma Lee Davis.

Coleman accepted Christ at a young age as a member of her uncle’s church in Dubach.

In 1950, she met and fell in love with Nathaniel “Nate” Coleman Sr.

The couple was married on August 8, 1951, and they had seven children: Billy Ray, Nancy, Elbert Lee, Nathaniel Jr., Bobby, Reginald, and Ricky.

In 1954, she and her two eldest children relocated to California to be with her husband Nate, who was working as a laborer.

Coleman worked as a nanny and caretaker in Sausalito for a family for over 20 years.

The life of the party, she loved to dance, and would frequently take over the dance floors with her husband Nate.

Blues music was often heard coming out of their home in the evenings. Nate would play his harmonica, as Coleman danced the night away.

A sports lover, she enjoyed watching her sons play and paid attention to sporting events on television.

Coleman genuinely loved people and was known in Marin City as “Mom” and “Grandma.” Her home and kitchen was always open, especially on the holidays.

She was preceded in death by her father Lavelle Davis, her mother Emma Lee Davis, one brother Elbert Lee Davis and three of her sons Billy Ray, Reginald, and Ricky Coleman.


Coleman leaves behind her daughter Nancy Burton; daughter in-law Demetriuse Coleman; her three sons Elbert Lee, Bobby, and Nathaniel Coleman Jr.; and her three sisters Margaret Williams, Othella Brooks, and Velma Davis. She had 25 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.



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