The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


August 10, 2013

Sumiko Morita Coleman

Graveside services for Sumiko Morita Coleman, 87, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Roselawn Park with the Rev. Carol Turner officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Palestine.

Mrs. Coleman was  born Feb. 22, 1927, in Tokyo, Japan died from injuries sustained in a post office parking lot automobile accident on August 8, 2013 at the age of 87.  She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Richard Coleman, along with many other family members living in the U.S. and Japan.

Sumiko and Richard were married in Japan in 1950.  Following the Korean conflict, Richard and Sumiko returned to Palestine.  Sumiko went to work for the industrial garment factory and remained employed there until the plant closed in the 1980s upon her retirement.

Sumiko was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palestine from the early 1960s. She was active in the community and often presented programs on Japanese culture at civic clubs and area schools. She was instrumental in the design and paint work on various murals near the courthouse, Spring Street and Palestine Avenue.

Sumiko was a talented artist in watercolor and oils, winning numerous awards and showing her work through Texas and the Southwest.  Her seamstress work was as much a hobby as a vocation.  She could make clothing from scratch without a pattern and was an award-winning crochet and knitting specialist. Sumiko and Richard traveled widely in the United States and Japan.

Sumiko was ageless and remained active and enthusiastic about a variety of projects. Her tireless work for her family and the love and affection she shared with friends will be missed by all.

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