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Velma Fishback, 87, of Sun City Center, passed away July 23, 2010 at her home.  She was predeceased by her husband, Walt, whom she had been married to for 65 years, her son, William, who was a casualty of the Vietnam War and two brothers, Harold and Howard.  She is survived by her daughter Judith Brogden (Bill), three grandchildren, Sandra Marshall (Bob), Kimberly Barsoum (Adam), Faith Miller (Mitchell), ten great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren, as well as a twin sister in Kahoka, MO., several nieces and nephews and other relatives. She was born and raised in Kahoka, Missouri and moved numerous times with her husband who served 23 years in the U.S. Navy. She moved to Sun City Center from Hartford, CT in 1986 when her husband retired from Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Co.  She was a member of the South Shore United Methodist Church and enjoyed many of Sun City Center’s activities, including golf, bunka, lapidary, and Shrine and Mason functions.  She was a former member of Eastern Star.   A memorial service will be held at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church on Tues. Aug. 10 at 5:00 pm followed by reception at Creason Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital or Hospice Care.  Interment will be in Kahoka, MO at a later date. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center FL 33573


Ruth P. (Prince) Coleman, 85, died Monday, June 21, 2010, at the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, Littleton, Massachusetts, after a lengthy illness. Her husband of 46 years, William R. (Bill) Coleman died in April 1991.

Mrs. Coleman was born in Pryorsburg, Kentucky, July 5, 1924, a daughter of Robert E. and Daisy Blaine (Nance) Prince.

She is survived by her son, Robert H. Coleman of San Rafael, California; two daughters and a son-in-law; Martha A. Coleman of Plainfield, Vermont, and Susan C. and Lance McNally of Townsend, Massachusetts; two granddaughters, Katharine E. McNally and Stephanie A. McNally.

Mrs. Coleman was a graduate of Wingo High School, Wingo, Kentucky, where she was elected class president and was the Valedictorian of her class. She continued her education at Murray State Teachers College, Murray, Kentucky, where she earned her degree in business.  She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

During the 1940s and 1950s she taught business and math at the high school and college levels.  During this time she lived in a variety of places in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas as her husband pursued a career at NCR and served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War.  Her family settled down for most of the 1960s – 1980s in Centerville, Ohio, before she and Bill retired to Sun City Center in Florida.  In 2000 she went to live with her daughter in Vermont and later moved to Massachusetts to be close to her other daughter and her beloved granddaughters.

Mrs. Coleman was active in the Presbyterian Church throughout her life.  She was an accomplished seamstress, quilter, and weaver. She had extensively researched her genealogy. Above all, she was a dedicated and very loved wife and mother.

Burial will be in Kentucky at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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