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Mrs. Orma Coleman

November 10, 1922 - September 21, 2017

In Loving Memory of Orma Ree Smith Thompson Coleman

Mrs. Orma Ree Smith Thompson Coleman was born on November 10, 1922. She was the  oldest of three children born to the late Rev. Willie Smith and late Susana Ivy of WestPoint, Mississippi. Orma Ree received her education in Crittenden County Public Schools in Clarkdale Arkansas. At the age of twelve, Orma Ree professed her belief in Christ and was baptized. As a young adult, Orma Ree was united in holy matrimony to Samuel Adam Thompson, Sr. in the state of Arkansas. Two children were born of this union. Samuel passed away of serious illness shortly after this union.

In August 1943, Orma Ree was united in holy matrimony to Arthur Herbert Coleman, Sr, and soon after, she relocated to Indianapolis with her family where she resided until death.  To this union, eleven children were born.

After moving to Indianapolis, she became a member of Good Samaritan Baptist Church. She later moved her church membership to Union Baptist Church under the pastorate of her brother, Rev. Luther L. Smith. She eventually joined in Christian fellowship at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church. She served in various church organizations and participated in church activities regularly.

Orma Ree was employed at several organizations throughout her life. She retired from the Indianapolis Public School Corporation after 20 years of service in 1983.

Orma Ree was a caring and happy person, one who enjoyed the company of family and friends. Her friendly smile and genuine concern for people will be remembered by all who knew and loved her. She received great personal joy from volunteering her services and helping others. The legacy of her love can be found in the many family members who honor her life by making the world a better place.

Orma Ree departed this life on September 21, 2017 at the age of 94. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Arthur H. Coleman, Sr., daughters, Doris Ree Stigger and Paulette Hill, and son, Luther Lee Coleman.

Orma Ree leaves the following family to cherish her memory: children - Samuel Adam Thompson Jr. (Veola), Sammie Jean Spencer (Charles), Shirley Jean Fulton, Norma Jo Arnold, Jackie Steven Coleman Sr., Arlene Coleman, Arthur Herbert Coleman Jr. (Erin), Charles Edward Coleman (Karen), Kevin Coleman (Nikola), and Evan Coleman. This is in addition to  grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.   

Funeral Information

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church.  Calling will be held an hour before the funeral and Friday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the church.

Mrs.  Orma Coleman


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