In memory of
COLEMAN, Nell Nell Phillips Coleman, age 90, passed away on October 10, 2020. Nell was born on March 7, 1930, in Greeneville, Tennessee to Elizabeth and William Phillips. Nell was the fourth child of her parents, who had 4 daughters and one son. The Phillips lived on a farm where they raised and sold cattle and tended to the vegetable gardens and tobacco crops. Nell's mother, Elizabeth, taught her how to sew and do crafts. As a young girl Nell would sell chicken eggs to earn extra money which she called her "egg money." A self-proclaimed "tomboy," Nell learned to drive a tractor at the age of 10. She loved being outdoors and learning the ins and outs of the farm life. Nell excelled in school and attended the University of Tennessee where she met her husband, Glen A. Coleman. Nell and Glen married and during their marriage they were blessed with a daughter, Glynda C. Abington. Soon after Glynda was born, the family moved to Texas where they started in the dry cleaning business, owning several One Hour Martinizing cleaners, while Nell taught math at a local school. Nell eventually retired from teaching and she and Glen also retired from the dry cleaning business. Following in her mother's footsteps, Nell began to dedicate her time to volunteering and serving the community. When her grandchildren, Ashley and Leigh, were still young she involved them in community volunteering activities such as visiting nursing homes to bring some cheer to the folks living there, as well as serving in food banks and kitchens. Nell volunteered countless hours for many, many years at the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children even alongside her granddaughter Ashley while Ashley was in high school. Nell enjoyed arts and crafts including making her famous six foot tall Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Focusing on friendship and the Senior community Nell helped develop and worked with the Ms. Dallas and Ms. Texas Senior Pageants and was a member of the Cameo Club of Texas, Texas Crown and Friends, and the Metro Red Hatters. Everyone that was lucky enough to meet Nell knew she loved to dance. Nell began hosting charity dance balls every year around her birthday in which she raised thousands of dollars over the years for food banks and other charities, including the North Dallas Food Bank, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Over the years Nell accumulated numerous awards for her volunteerism and humanitarian services naming her Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Senior Citizen, Best in Humanitarian Services, and the one she was most proud of, the NBC Channel 5 Jefferson Award which she received in 2006. Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Allen Coleman, and her daughter, Glynda C. Abington. She is survived by her sister, Jacqueline Phillips Cox, son-in-law, Tom E. Abington, and her granddaughter, Ashley A. Mannschreck and her husband, Chapman C. Mannschreck, and their two children, Campbell and Colt. Also, her other granddaughter, Leigh Ann Abington, her niece Janice Thomas and her husband Cary Thomas, and nephew Morrie Coleman Pickler along with many cousins and family in Texas and Tennessee. The family wishes to thank all of the outstanding healthcare providers for their thorough and compassionate care. Nell's life will be celebrated at 5940 Charlestown Dr., Dallas, Texas 75230 on October 25, 2020 from 3-6 pm. In memory of Nell and in lieu of flowers, you may consider donations to the North Dallas Food Bank or the charity of your choice.
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