Mary Frances McDowell Coleman

June 23, 2021

Mary Frances McDowell Coleman, 100 1/2, passed peacefully on June 23, 2021, at home with her daughter. She was born in Asheboro on January 1, 1921 to Joseph E. and Sirona Morgan McDowell. Following graduation from Asheboro High School in 1939, she studied business in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she met her future husband. They married in 1942. Frances was an extraordinary homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her gardening, canning, freezing and cooking were her favorite activities. She also enjoyed fishing with her husband in their little boat at their place at Lakewood, just six miles from home. She loved visiting their house at Long Beach. The time she spent with her husband at the many Lions, Elks, Masons and Shrine events through the years was very special to her. She and her husband danced beautifully together, sometimes in the living room! She was a lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church, where her beloved grandfather was a circuit rider. She greatly appreciated all the cards and gifts and other attention from her church for her 100th birthday and at many other times. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Nathan Mefford "Ford" Coleman, her grandson, Sterling Rich, her sisters, Edith Ellison and Margaret Boling, her brother, Joseph McDowell, and her daughter-in-law, Marcy Coleman. She is survived by her daughter Gayle Coleman of Asheboro, her son Gary Coleman of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, her granddaughter Jolie Amick and her great­ grandchildren Haven Amick and Brody Amick of Burlington, NC, a brother-in-law in Florida, and numerous nephews and nieces from all around the United States. Frances requested that there be no services, just MEMORIES!
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