Betty Coleman

Betty Coleman

Iowa, USA
Death Jan 1989 (aged 72–73)
Nevada, USA
Burial Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Plot Mausoleum: unit 1-DeLuxe # 3-4
Memorial ID 7624854 · View Source
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`Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - January 8, 1989
Betty Coleman never had to worry about her reputation among people working to improve a lot of Sedgwick County's mentally ill. In the early 1960s, she was a "really powerful force," in the founding of what is now the Sedgwick County Department of Mental Health.

''Her support for mental health programs - on the local, community and state level - was unwavering in those early days," said retired Wichita psychiatrist C.J. Kurth.

Mrs. Coleman, who died last week in Lake Tahoe, Nev., after a long bout with cancer, was cremated Saturday. She was 72.

In addition to her mental health work, Mrs. Coleman helped organize the city's first Women's Worry Clinic, which in the 1960s was an annual one-day workshop designed to help women cope with the stresses of womanhood and motherhood.

She was born in Iowa but moved with her family to Wichita. In 1935, she married Clarence Coleman, a marketing executive with the Coleman Co., founded by his father. Clarence Coleman left the company for a career in finance in 1955, but he still is vice chairman of Coleman's board of directors.

After her marriage, Mrs. Coleman became an ardent supporter of the Institute of Logopedics and was an original member of the Unity Church of Wichita. She was active in the Junior League of Wichita as well as the Wichita Art Association. ''She was just a marvelous housewife," said longtime friend Jean Siebert. "She was a beautiful friend."

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Coleman is survived by daughters Rochelle Bevers of Oklahoma City and Kathryn Manchester of Incline Village, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.

Downing & Lahey Mortuary handled the services Saturday. A memorial has been established with the Wichita State University Endowment Association for the school's Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences.

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