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Eva O'Dean Coleman

Eva O'Dean Coleman, age 89, formally of Ainsworth, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Memorial Community Care in Aurora.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 13th at the Bassett Memorial Cemetery. Rev. David Feddern officiating. Memorials may be made to the family to be designated at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Eva O'Dean Coleman, the daughter of Ike and Gladys (Lane) Barnes was born on December 12, 1931 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on July 8, 2021 at the age of 89.

O'Dean attended rural school District #35 east of Bassett and graduated from Rock County High School in Bassett in May 1950. She taught grades 1-8 at the "Buell" school in Rose, Nebraska followed by the Thompson School south of Newport.

O'Dean was married to Robert Coleman on June 13, 1954 in Bassett. To this union were added two daughters: Roberta and Carol. Her many jobs included secretary to the Elementary and High School Principals, seamstress (alterations and creations), church secretary in Valentine and Ainsworth, and certified lay speaker. Her interests included United Methodist Women, 4-H, Job's Daughters, Order of Eastern Star, Epworth Village, Walk to Emmaus Leader, gardening, puzzles, quilting, square dancing, and being a 'Grandma' to two grandchildren and 5 great-grands.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Charles and Lloyd Barnes, a sister Neva Murphy, and her husband Bob.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Roberta Coleman of Alameda, California and Carol (Gary) Lewien of Aurora; granddaughter, Michelle (Jeremy Borgman) Lewien of Seward; grandson, Aaron (Laura) Lewien of Kearney; 5 great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Isabelle and Isaac VanBeek; Gavin and Ryan Lewien; two sisters, Erva (Bart) Peirsol of Farnam and Susan Blattner of Bassett and many relatives and friends.

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