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Footprints: Merl Coleman - A mother in every sense of the word

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

A mother in every sense of the word

Merl Williams Coleman's family remembers her as a stern and hard working entrepreneur by her family.

She was a mother and a wife.

"Merl Coleman was the type of woman who would always try something," her daughter-in-law, Audrey Jones, recalled.

On November 1, 1944, Daniel Williams and Justina Campbell welcomed their daughter.

Coleman was affectionately called 'Miss Dan' as she grew up in Spalding, Clarendon. She grew up with her sister, whose name is also Merl and her brother, James.

Coleman had three other siblings. While growing up in Clarendon, she was a respectful and caring child. She enjoyed working from she was a child and she also loved to clean.

"Merl loved to clean, as long as she saw the place dirty she would try to clean it," Jones remembered.

"When she cleans, don't you dare mess it up," Jones added.

This would be one instance when Coleman's miserable side would show.

Her family characterised her as sometimes dejected but this was only one of her many moods.

Coleman was compassionate, she was loving and she was kind.

She was a mother in every sense of the word, her family recalled.

She had 10 children whom she loved and cared for endlessly - Sharon, Milton, Karlene, Selvyn, Neville, Merl, Michael, Charmaine, Althea, and Jennifer.

respect and values

She taught them respect and values. She never failed to discipline them whenever they did anything wrong; she would never spare the rod and spoil the child.

Coleman was self employed. In her early years, she would sell oil, matches, and 'Rude Boy Soap' in Spanish Town.

Coleman moved to Spanish Town in her early life and resided in Central Village.

She married Robert Coleman and they lived together for many years.

Coleman passed away on December 6 in 2015, leaving behind 34 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was 71 years old at the time of her death.

Her children and a host of her family members and well wishers will gather on Sunday at the Central Village Mount Zion Church, where a thanksgiving service will be held to celebrate her life.

She was loved by everyone who knew her and she will be missed by them all.

- Rasheda Myles