Coleen Shamaley, 61, a lifelong resident of El Paso, who, for 35 years, was a bilingual teacher in the El Paso Independent School District, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at a local hospital. Born June 13th, 1950, to Lee Joseph Shamaley and Olga Sawaya-Shamaley, Coleen grew up in Mission Hills with her older brother, L.J. After the death of her mother at age two, she remained very close to her grandparents, Albert and Adele Shamaley, both immigrants from Lebanon. A graduate of Loretto Academy, Coleen earned her Bachelor's degree in Education from UTEP, and went on to become a bilingual flight attendant for American Airlines, running the Dallas/Mexico city route for well over two years. Following, she joined EPISD and taught grades first and second until just recently retiring this June. Ms. Shamaley, was the proud and devoted mother of two sons, Harold Clinton Newsom III, 32, and Trent Shamaley, 20. Aside from her dedication to her work and her children Ms. Shamaley was a fitness enthusiast, having taught spin and pilates classes on the westside of El Paso. She is survived by both sons, Clint and Trent. She is also survived by her father, Lee, and her brothers and sisters,L.J. Shamaley Jr., wife Bernice and children, Angelee Shamaley-Kornatz, husband Eric and children , Cliff Shamaley, wife, Stephanie and children, and Rochelle Middleton, and husband Chad. Coleen is preceded in death by her mother and grandparents. During Coleen's life as well as her final days, she was surrounded by people who deeply loved and cared for her, and she will be greatly missed. Services will be held at 3 pm, Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at the University Presbyterian (244 North Resler, El Paso, Texas 79912).
Published in El Paso Times from Aug. 15 to Aug. 22, 2011