Jean E. Coleman, a former long-time resident of the East Side of Indianapolis, died on Tuesday, December 6th at her home in Southern California. Born in 1929, in Indianapolis, Jean graduated from Arsenal Technical High school, eventually working at International Harvester where she met her future husband, Frank, and they married in June, 1952. Jean and Frank enjoyed 53 years of marriage until Frank died in 2005.
Jean nurtured life-long friendships in Indianapolis as well as raising 4 daughters. An avid swimmer, Jean swam 2 miles a day well into her later years. Jean was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, Old Bethel Methodist Church, and worked at Meijer’s Department Store as a greeter, enjoying the opportunity to meet many new faces each day. She enjoyed entertaining at her home on the East Side, and especially loved the holidays, where she could be with family, friends and express her creativity with many decorations, wonderful home-cooked meals and lovingly designed cakes and deserts. Jean relocated in 2010 where she enjoyed the warmer climate of Southern California.
Jean is survived by her daughters, Nancy Grindstaff, Linda Carey, Karen Flores, Sally Weir; her grandchildren, Noelle, Justin, Kelly, Brent, Christina and Katheryn, who all brought much joy to her life; along with her great-grandchildren, Jaden, Micah, Lilianna, Kai, Paige, Bryce, Austin and Wyatt.
Jean’s inspirational character, musical voice and wonderful spirit lives on with her family.