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Obituary: Martha Pedigo Coleman, 97 Metcalfe Co., KY native
She enjoyed her life, which she said was sometimes hard, but always good. She was a genealogist and historian. She finished a 3-generation book on the Haire family at age 96. She was the widow of Tyler Scott "Fox" Coleman, also of Metcalfe County, KY. Both were highly respected and loved in their native county. S
Martha Amanda Pedigo Coleman, 97, of Eugene, OR and formerly of Hopkinsville, died on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield, OR after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be 1pmCT, Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home. 2504 South Virginia AV, Hopkinsville, KY, conducted by Terry Alan Jones with burial to follow next to her husband, Ret. Col. Tyler Scott Coleman who died in May, 2005 and was interred at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West. Visitation with friends and family will begin at 11amCT on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, and continue until the service hour.
A native of Edmonton, Metcalfe Co., Kentucky, she was born February 12, 1913, Martha was the daughter of the late Merida Willis and Mollie Haire Pedigo and was one of nine children. She grew up on a 50 acre farm before the Depression but her father died when she was only 8. Martha worked for a defense plant after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She married childhood friend, Tyler Scott Coleman (known to all as Fox) on February 6, 1943 in Abilene, TX where Fox was stationed in the Army.
Martha lived the life of an Army wife and mother travelling to many foreign posts such as Stuttgart, Germany and Paris and Orleans, France. She enjoyed the travel, the new languages, and staying in touch with her many family members back home.
She was always busy. She liked bowling, golf and bridge. She was good at all of it. A Kentucky girl, she hosted many Kentucky Derby parties and picked the winners by the jockeys. One learned never to bet against her. She was a lucky lady.
One thing she taught the family was to enjoy each other and to honor and remember their heritage. She was known as the family genealogist and the keeper of the records. She wrote a 3-generation book on the Haire Family, finishing it when she was 96. Martha enjoyed her life, which she said was sometimes hard, but always good. She celebrated a 60th wedding anniversary with Fox before he passed away.
She had moved to Eugene, OR a little more than five years ago to be nearer to her son and only child, Scott. She died peacefully, a month after complications due to a fall.
In addition to her son Scott, she is survived by Scotts wife, Heidi, one sister, Louise Pedigo Jeffries and a granddaughter, Amanda Coleman Lang and Amandas husband Josh.
This story was posted on 2010-12-13 15:39:05
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