Coleman, Lelia Anne (Simmons) EAST GREENBUSH Lelia Anne Simmon Coleman entered this life on June 10, 1944, born to the union of Mr. Robert Hunter Simmons I and Mrs. Sharlotte Session Simmons in Fort Myers, Fla. She was the eldest of three children. Lelia departed this life on November 10, 2012. Lelia was raised in Albany, Ga. and graduated from Monroe High School. She received her B.A. from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee; her M.S. and Ed.S. degrees from the University at Albany State University of New York. Additional graduate studies were completed at the University of Washington
, Seattle, Wash. It was while pursuing her B.A. degree at Spellman College, Atlanta, Ga., that she she met Allen R. Coleman. After transferring to Florida A&M University, they remained college sweethearts. On August 21, 1971 Lelia and Allen were married. Their union produced one daughter. Lelia retired from the Albany City School District. She dedicated her working life to at-risk youth and students with special needs. She was a proud Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a member of Eastern Star. Lelia attended church at an early age. She was brought up and nurtured in Bethel A.M.E. Church in Albany, Ga. At Bethel she served as a youth usher. When she moved to New York after marrying, Lelia placed her membership in First Israel A.M.E. Church in 1971. At Israel, she was a member of the Senior Usher Board, Stewardess Board, program director of the P.A.V.E. (Progressive Adolescent Vocational Educational Program) formerly SESP, Structured Educational Support Program); supervisor of the soup kitchen and food pantry; and also served several years as a trustee and steward board member. In 2006 she became a Deaconess. Among those who will cherish her memory are her husband, Allen R. Coleman; her daughter, LaTanya M. Coleman; two brothers, Robert H. Simmons II (Yvette), Albany, Ga. and Mansfield S. Simmons (Denette), Phoenix, Ariz.; a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, sorority sisters and Eastern Star sisters and many special friends and neighbors. Viewing Tuesday at Israel AME Church, 381 Hamilton St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday 11 a.m. with viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment Memory Gardens, Colonie. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Israel A.M.E. Church for the Grace T. Green Library.