Marla Sue Coleman was born October 13, 1940 in Sunray, Texas to Orvil Marvin King and Rubye Isabelle Griffith King.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Rubye; her brother, Larry King; her husband of 41 years, Clifford Ray Coleman; and her son, Alan Bruce Coleman.
She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Babette and Chuck Tomberlain; grandchildren, Cole and Kendall Tomberlain and Morgan and Ronnie Strong; great grandchildren, Charlotte, Charleston, Liam and Savannah; sisters, Linda Teter and husband Doug and Retha Mund; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Sue passed away in the early morning of October 24,2021 at Good Shepherd Medical Center after a short battle with pneumonia stemming from Covid side effects. She had her daughter by her side
Sue was an avid reader- she especially loved romance novels. She always had her paperback book, glasses and her Yeti cup of “Coke”. She was famous for her chocolate pies, coconut pies, pralines and bourbon fruitcake cookies. She was so proud when someone would invite her over and request she bring one of her famous sweets. When she was not baking or reading, she was playing Rummikub and MahJong with friends or bird watching off her balcony.
Prior to landing in Longview, Sue had a successful career in Dallas as a mortgage banker. She retired as Vice President of Murray Mortgage where she managed the closing department. She graduated from Tyler Commercial College and went on to graduate from business school in Dallas. After Babette graduated college, Sue and Clifford moved to Coppell and became very active at the Baptist church where one of the family’s favorite memories was watching Sue sing in the church choir’s Living Christmas Tree Concert every holiday.
After thirty years as a career woman, Sue and Clifford moved to Lake Cherokee in 1999 to be closer to their grandchildren and not miss their sporting events. At the lake, they made new friends and found another church home at Trinity Baptist Church. Sue was eventually in just about every social group there was for ladies of her age at the lake.
Sue began volunteering at Good Shepherd where she loved helping others. She had given over 2,000 hours when her volunteering stopped due to Covid. Sue also enjoyed ushering at The Belcher Center.
Sue’s most recent years were spent in Arabella Independent Living where she enjoyed their games, activities and outings. The family would like to especially thank Paula, Nikki and Jeremy for having such a soft heart for Sue while she was at Arabella as well as all of her friends there who kept her busy and kept an eye on her. The family would like to extend an additional heartfelt thank you to the nurses in the SICU at GSMC, Petra and Charlotte, for their compassionate care.
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance or Susan G Komen.
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