H. Anne Whalen Coleman

A memorial mass for H. Anne Whalen Coleman, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Burial will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 3rd at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carrollton, MO. She died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at her home.

Anne was born February 24, 1942 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Charles and F. Elizabeth (Cole) Whalen.

Anne received her diploma in Nursing from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing and then went on to receive her BSN in Nursing from the University of Kansas and her Masters from Baker University.

She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. She was also a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Topeka where she was a Eucharistic minister and served on various committees. She was a chairperson and member of Catholic Charities Advisory Board, volunteered at Stormont-Vail Medical Center in Topeka with her grandson, Tyler.

Anne loved to travel with family members throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She loved Tibet and China and was attempting to see the seven wonders of Kansas with her grandsons.

She retired from Lawrence Public Schools where she was a paraprofessional for special needs children at Prairie Park and Quail Run Elementary Schools.

Survivors include one daughter, Leslie Ham and husband, Nathan, Topeka, KS; one son, Steven Coleman and wife, Kim, Omaha, NE; four grandchildren, Tyler and Zach Coleman and Tanner and Daxton Ham; and two sisters, Mary Eden, Baltimore, MD and Eileen Whalen, Sunland, CA.

The family suggests memorial in her name to the ALS Association – Keith Worthington Chapter (to purchase items for daily living), Douglas County Visiting Nurses Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Department, Meals on Wheels, or Good Shepherd Hospice Care in Lenexa, KS and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

10 Condolences

  1. Carmen Shultz on July 1, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Steve, Kim & family, I sorry for the loss of your mom. Carmen

  2. Janeil and Gary Egger on July 1, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Anne was a good friend and we will always remember her. We had wonderful times together. Her spirit of volunteerism was remarkable. The world has lost a great person much too soon.

  3. Tom Bals on July 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Leslie, Nathan, Steve and Kim, I was so sorry to read about your loss this morning. I always enjoyed my talks with your mother and she was a special person to me. I will remember her in my prayers.

  4. Danny Cravens on July 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Sorry for your loss, thought and prayers to the family.

    Danny Cravens
    KSARNG Retired

  5. Chris & MyHanh May on July 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Steve & Kim,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother (in-law). Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Chris and MyHanh May

  6. Mike & Verna Fellman on July 2, 2014 at 7:56 am

    My thoughts and prayers to your family for your loss! Remember all the wonderful memories you had with her they will always be cherished memories held closet to your heart!

  7. Katie Staley on July 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Anne and I worked together at Quail Run. We quickly became friends and we always enjoyed talking about our travels with one another, I admired her sense of adventure. As friends do, we talked about the ones we loved, I learned of her sisters, her children and her grandchildren all of which she was very fond! She had such a light spirit and an infectious smile. I feel so fortunate to call Anne my friend.
    Thinking of her dear ones.
    Katie Staley

  8. Joan Montanari on July 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Anne and I have been good friends ever since nursing school in Kansas City. She has been such a part of my KC visits in recent years, and she will be missed so much.
    Thanks to her beautiful family; she so loved all of you.

  9. Lori Cackler on July 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I had the great privilege of working with Anne at Prairie Park Elementary school. She had a wonderful way with all the children, but really supported those with the most learning and behavioral challenges. Always professional, Anne was a joy to work with on a daily basis. She had an ornery sense of humor that made working with her fun. She was a person we could rely upon to go above and beyond her position requirements. Anne made a positive difference in the lives of the students.

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