Helen Irene Coleman

Died: December 14, 2019
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James McDonald
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Helen Irene (Burgess) Coleman was born on September 6, 1928 the third child of seven to Freddy Lamont and Ethel Irene (Marshall) Burgess. She grew up on the Burgess farm in Perry Township, near Lima, OH. Helen graduated from Shawnee High School in 1946 and went on to study Education at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH. She taught at Perry Elementary School for 30 years; 21 years 3rd grade and 9 years 4th grade.
Helen loved to travel, play games, spend time with her family and tell stories. She visited all 50 states and traveled to many different countries all over the world. She took photographs and shared many of them with her students and nieces and nephews.
At the age of 50, Helen married Wallace Coleman her loving husband of 27 years. They enjoyed camping at Mohican State Park with grandchildren and camping with her family and spending their winters in Fort Meyers, FL.
She is survived by step-children Ann Marley, Dave Coleman, and Doug Coleman; sisters, Betty Bigelow and Carol Junod; brother, Richard Burgess, 6 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 15 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wallace Coleman, parents Freddie and Ethel Burgess, brother Charles Edward Burgess; and sisters Mary Eastman and Dorothy McCoy.
Visitation will be Friday, December 20th at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, 311 W Main St, Cridersville, OH from 10:00am until 1:30pm and will be followed by a service by Reverend Delroy Simpson. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima.
In lieu of flowers funds can be sent to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Date: Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


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Died: December 14, 2019

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Darlene Armstrong posted on 12/19/19

Remembering good times with Helen and visiting her and Sally in Wellington and Florida. Keeping you all in our prayers. Jerry and Darlene


Sharon Stoots posted on 12/18/19

I remember so many wonderful things! Some of my favorite things are the camping trips to Ipperwash in Ontario and the two trips I took out west with Aunt Helen and Pauline. I loved the traveling and the beach. My first time swimming in the Atlantic was with Aunt Helen, Aunt Betty, and my parents on a trip through the New England states. My first time swimming in the Pacific was on a trip west with Aunt Helen, Pauline, Aunt Carol, and cousin Kathy. We had so much fun, including a "chinese fire drill." My first time ever seeing and eating at McDonald's was with Aunt Helen. They didn't have McD's here in OHIO yet, but they had some out west. Sharon Stoots


James McDonald posted on 12/17/19

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James McDonald posted on 12/17/19

Helen was my 4th grade teacher. She was also our neighbor and an aunt to three of my friends growing up! She was an AMAZING teacher and friend. I’m sure all of her students will never forget her! All of the family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry I’m not there, I’m in Nashville finishing a contract. I will surly miss Helen. RIP Miss Burgess!!