Alma “Jean” Coleman

Alma “Jean” Coleman

Jan. 11, 1934 – Nov. 22, 2018


Alma “Jean” Coleman of Modesto, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2018, at age 84.

Jean was born to the late William and Lorene Mills, January 11, 1934 in Turlock. She graduated from Denair High School in 1951 and attended Merced Community College.

Jean was an accomplished painter who loved to share her paintings with family and friends. After retiring from 37 years of service at Farmers Insurance in Merced, she and her dear friend Charles Hatton loved to camp, travel, and spend time with family and friends. Her beautiful smile and loving heart will be missed.

Jean is survived by her children: Amy and Chris Gorder of Elk Grove; Patrick and Jennifer Coleman of Modesto; and Darla Flynn of Chowchilla. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, her sister Barbara Shafer of Reno, NV, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her brother and sister in law, William and Janet Mills and her stepfather, Perry Haworth.

A Funeral Celebration will be held Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 12:00pm at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA. Burial will follow at Denair Cemetery.

Please share memories and condolences in the guestbook below.


  • Amy Gorder November 27, 2018 12:00 am

    Love you, Mom

  • Amy Gorder November 27, 2018 12:03 am

    I love you, Mom

  • Vickie Donovan November 27, 2018 12:25 am

    So many memories. She was a wonderful addition to the Hatton family. Her beautiful smile and loving heart will truly be missed. Our family is sending love and prayers of healing to Alma Jeans family

  • Jennifer Coleman November 27, 2018 1:03 am

    I was blessed with a loving mother in law. She treated me as a daughter and a friend. Our family misses her so much.

  • Bob Poteet November 27, 2018 1:48 am

    I remember Jean with the pretty brown hair and lovely smile. It has been many years ago but the memories live on. Marye

  • Judy and Ron Nesmith November 27, 2018 1:51 am

    Blessings and prayers for the entire Coleman family and friends! May God keep her close to your hearts!

  • Sarah long November 27, 2018 4:02 am

    Grandma, I think I remember most how as a child the holidays always seemed to start when you showed up. We would bake and decorate and then… you would arrive at the door, and it was finally time for things to begin. I loved that and I love you. I cherish so many of the things you made for me with your own hands. Tea sets with my name on them, prairie dresses with blummers for field trips and clothes for our Barbie dolls. Now as an adult, I can appreciate not just the time you spent making them, but the thought you put into making us smile. I won’t ever forget that you did these things and that you always came. Holidays, bdays, graduations, and weddings, I never doubted that you would be there. It’s no small thing. I love you grandma. I love the Mom and family you gave to me. Thank you with all my heart. Rest In Peace. Love you forever, Sarah and family

  • John Trygve Has-Ellison November 28, 2018 12:18 am

    You were a wonderful mom to my best friend and gracious host to us rocknroll guys whenever we would tramp into your house in Merced. May you be reunited with your loved ones who have already passed and continue to watch over your family that are still here on this mortal coil. God bless for a life well lived.

  • Katie penrose November 29, 2018 5:24 am

    I know my grandmother has passed on but I don’t think of her as died. I will always remember the pool partie with family and friends.The long trips to the boardwalk and how she would make us listen to the beach boys and persist to sing at the top of her grandma has lived a long and full life full of beautiful memories. She will live on for many generations. I love you grandma always and forever.

  • Linda Holland Bush November 29, 2018 4:45 pm

    My husband and I spent many good times with Jean and Chuck when they visited us in Salinas and Gonzales and when we visited them in Delhi. We spent many hours dancing the night away. On a visit to Gonzales Jean surprised me with a picture of my mom that she painted and framed while taking art classes. I will forever be grateful. Jean loved to share stories of her family and was very proud of all of you. Jean was witty, dry sense of humor and an infectious smile. She will be missed. Sending love and prayers to your entire family during this difficult and sad time. I am sorry I will not be able to attend Jean’s service.

  • Michael Shafer November 30, 2018 4:56 am

    The best aunt a person could have. She taught me that spontaneity was a good thing and to live life by your rules not others. She raised my three awsome cousins basically on her own and that showed me how love is more important than anything material. I will miss you and love you forever.

  • Roseann and David Long December 1, 2018 4:28 am

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

    I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

    For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

    He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge.

  • Rob Beltz December 1, 2018 9:27 pm

    We’ve lost an immensely sweet soul…but Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Jean was like a Mom to me. I’ll always remember her beautiful smile and extreme kindness. My heart, love, & prayers go out to Patrick and everyone in the family. I look forward to seeing her again one day when God calls us home. God Bless her. I love you, Jean!

  • Martha-Bik December 2, 2018 4:40 pm

    You will be remembered. Thank you for giving birth to my best friend. Amy Coleman Gorder.

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