Rena Mae Williams Coleman, 96, of Archer City, Texas, died Saturday, February 16, 2013.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, at First Baptist Church in Archer City with Pastor Roger Deerinwater officiating. She will be interred in Crestview Mausoleum in Wichita Falls, Texas under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home in Archer City.
Rena was born March 27, 1916, in rural Hardeman County to William and Nancy ClarendaWilliams. She spent her childhood in Medicine Mounds, where she attended grade school. She then moved to Archer City and finished high school in 1941. Moving to Vernon, Texas, she worked at the Federal Land Bank, Abstract Office and Norsworthy Music Company. In 1940 she moved to Archer City and met the love of her life, Dick Coleman. After two years of dating, Dick received orders to go to World War II, so they went to Walters, Oklahoma, on May 28, 1942, to get married because there was no waiting period for a marriage license like there was in Texas. Rena finished out the school year as a teacher at the Luke Wilson School in rural Archer County, and also worked as a nurse’s aid during World War II.
During Dick’s deployment, Rena had their first daughter, Donna Jo, who died shortly after birth in 1944. Dick was overseas more than two years, and returned home the end of 1945, when the couple resumed their life together on Coleman Ranch in Northern Archer County. They had a daughter, Mavis Ann, in 1946 and a son, Les, in 1947. Les died in 1961 at the age of 13.
Rena was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Archer City where she taught children’s Sunday school, and attended services faithfully until she became ill. While her children were growing up, she was a leader in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Blue Birds and Campfire Girls. She was also active in school activities and was a room mother for both Mavis and Les.
Rena worked for Archer County Medical Clinic and in the Legal and Claims Office at the Wichita Falls State Hospital.
Rena and Dick loved their family and attended many family events. When their granddaughter, Jill, started showing horses, Rena and Dick traveled to many horse shows across the state. They also involved the family in their ranching activities, and after Dick’s death, Rena continued to participate in the ranch’s cattle operation.Rena was active in the Lake Arrowhead Property Owner’s Association. She also enjoyed activities with her friends as a member of the Archer City Country Club.
Rena was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Arther, Robert and Marcus Lavern Williams; her sisters, Alma Hampton, Faye Mahaffey, and Mary Cole; her daughter, Donna Jo; her son, Les; and her husband, Dick. She is survived by her daughter, Mavis and husband Jim of Amarillo, a granddaughter, Jill Dunkel and husband Doug, and three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Sidney and Blake Dunkel, of Archer City.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, PO Box 756, Archer City, TX 76351; the Archer City Nursing Center, PO Box 786, Archer City, TX 76351 or the Archer Service Center, PO Box 578, Archer City, TX 76351.
Her family expresses their sincere appreciation to all who cared and loved for Rena during her eight-plus years at the Archer City Nursing Center.