Isabelle L. Coleman, 90, of Sandy Point Road; long-time resident of Wells; passed away peacefully February 13, 2021 with family by her side.
She was born March 8, 1930 in Portland, ME to Carroll and Genevieve (Jenkins) Grover and a graduate of Sanford High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Lewis Coleman in 1954.
Isabelle took on many roles throughout her long life; among them were homemaker, substitute teacher and after school programs, cook, caterer, legal secretary, clothing store manager and proprietor of Coleman’s Feed and Seed in Wells. She and husband Lewis reared 8 children at their homestead; all while building their successful business and raising livestock. While their children were growing up, they opened their overflowing home for two weeks each July to the “fresh air” program; bringing yet more children into their lives to experience life in Maine. She and Lewie would eventually adopt one of these children.
Throughout their 61-year marriage, Isabelle and Lewie enjoyed many milestones, family gatherings, evenings spent on the boat at the harbor, making memories at Sand Pond and the times they spent square dancing. She was an avid reader and enjoyed filling her time planting flowers and doing puzzles. But what Isabelle had a true passion for was feeding and caring for others. She was very proud of her volunteer work for the Meals on Wheels program and organizing the monthly senior dinners in the North Berwick, Sanford and Wells areas during her time with the Southern Maine Agency on Aging.
Throughout her life, no matter the challenges or struggles she faced, Isabelle remained an independent and strong-willed woman, always putting others first. In her later years, Isabelle had the fondest of love for her two Japanese Chins, Diddy and Gizmo.
Isabelle was pre-deceased by husband Lewis Coleman, daughter-in-law Nancy Coleman and brother-in-law Ralph “Punky” Bragdon. She will be forever loved by her 5 sons, Michael Coleman and wife Ruth Griffin of Rockport, Joel Coleman of Springvale, Anthony Coleman wife Debbie of Wells, Christopher Coleman and wife Donna of Wells, Patrick Coleman and wife Kim of North Berwick; 3 daughters, Allayne Maillet and husband Ron of Fitchburg, MA, Kerri Van Schaack and husband Ed of Wells, Kelley Sevigney and husband Bill of Wells; 2 sisters, Patsy Bragdon of North Berwick, Gayle Weymouth and husband Wayne of Wells; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and special friend, Linda McDermott.
A time of visitation for family and close friends will be held on Thursday, February 18th from 2pm to 5pm at the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick, ME; following COVID-19 guidelines, masks, social distancing and a maximum of 50 people in the building at any one time. Public graveside services will tentatively be held June 4, 2021 at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale. Arrangements are entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home where condolences may be expressed at www.JohnsonFuneralHomeME.com
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