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Services celebrating and remembering the life of Virginia M. Coleman will be 10 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Claremore. 
Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of DeLozier Funeral Service, Chelsea.  Visitation will be today, from 3-7 in the chapel at First Baptist Church, Claremore. Family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m.
Virginia left her temporary earthly home for her permanent heavenly home on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. She was 83.
Virginia was born March 19, 1933 in Claremore, Okla. and it was the community she loved and called home her entire life. 
One of 6 children gifted to Charles D. and Intha E. (Ritchson) Holloway, Virginia received her education in her birth community and graduated from Claremore Public Schools. 
After graduation she continued her education and received an Associates Degree in early childhood development from Rogers State University, as well as an accounting certification from Tulsa Business College. Virginia spent much of her work career with the Claremore Public School System as a secretary at Claremont.  She loved her work but she especially loved the children. 
Virginia became that extended mother to countless young people in Claremore. It was even mentioned by family that she would always put her perfume on her stomach so when she gave those numerous hugs throughout the day that is what the students would smell.
In June of 1950, Virginia married Pete Wilcox and this union gifted her with three beautiful and wonderful daughters Pam, Sheryl and Willetta. 
In November of 1964 Virginia married the love of her life William Tanner "Bill" Coleman and the two were the perfect fit.  Sharing many of the same interests and spending countless hours volunteering for Meals on Wheels and several other organizations.
Virginia lived her life as a true example of what was important. She loved the Lord and her church and gave of herself to her church family. 
Throughout the 50 plus years that Virginia was an active member of First Baptist Church in Claremore, she taught Sunday school, Sunbeam's, GA'S, and was also involved in WMU and the church choir.  
Her family was very important to her and she loved those family gatherings. Virginia many times would show up in a seasonal costume.
Not only to set the mood of the event, but just to bring a smile to the faces of her family and friends.
Community was also very important to Virginia and she would even say "I deeply believe in volunteering of my time and giving of myself to others."  She did this as only Virginia could.
She was actively involved in the Rogers County Historical Society and was instrumental in the restoration efforts of the Belvidere Mansion, the Totem Pole, and the Will Rogers Hotel. 
She was recognized as an eight gallon blood donor with the American Red Cross and held many positions in the community and civic organizations.  Such as: The Pocahontas Indian Women's Club, Claremore Public School Foundation, Pilot Club and the Claremore Community Theater, just to name a few.
Surprisingly enough Virginia found time to travel extensively throughout the United States and internationally as well. Africa, South America, and several European countries were just a few of the many destinations. As always, Virginia would have to do the unusual just to say "I DID IT MY WAY". 
A couple examples would be, she ate the famous 72oz steak in Amarillo, Texas, and was a member of the Polar Bear Club for jumping into the Arctic Ocean in Barrow, AK when the water temperature was 25 degrees. 
Two other things that Virginia was proud of were her letter from Hilary Clinton and that she got the opportunity to shake hands with President Nixon. Virginia was also an avid gardener and loved entering items in the county fair.    
Needless to say the legacy she leaves behind will forever be in the hearts of her family and friends and to the community she called home her entire life.
Virginia is survived by her daughters, Pam Smith and husband Nick, Sheryl Wilcox, and Willetta Milone, grandchildren, Shane Smith and wife Violet, Leia Hassell and husband Derick, Lauren Milone-Comarda, and Monica Milone, great grandchildren, Declan, Kanon, and Cora Smith, Tyler, Ayden, Jaxson, Berklee, and Kyla Hassell, special nephew Ron Brune, and numerous other nieces and nephews, sisters, Pauline Hulsey, and Maxine Layton and husband Clifford, and brother, Howard Holloway and wife Lorna. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother DeLois Holloway, sister Neoma Cates, and son-in-law Anthony Milone.  
In lieu of flowers or other condolences, please consider making a donation in Virginia Coleman's name to Friends of the Library, 1515 N. Florence Ave. Claremore, OK 74017 or Claremore Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 92 Claremore, OK 74018.
Please view and sign Virginia's online tribute at www.delozierfuneralservice.com  
Published on March 24, 2016
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