JEFFERSON — "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
On Sunday morning, March 17th, God called home his loving and obedient servant, Rev. Meredith Dee Coleman of the Jefferson United Methodist Church after a short, but courageous battle against cancer. Always sensitive to fellow believers, "Pastor Meredith" finished her race on the birthday of her earthly father, the Rev. Parker West.
She leaves behind the love of her life, Neil Coleman, whom she married on Feb. 5, 1972; precious children, April (Joel) Bowers of Avon Lake, Jamie Coleman of Jefferson, Andrew Coleman of Elyria and Nathan Coleman of Jefferson. Pastor Meredith was also the doting grandmother to Adrienne Bowers and Blake Coleman.
Born on July 11, 1951, to Rev. Parker and Madelaine (Izbister) West, Meredith was a loving sister to Paige (Ray) Nichols of Piqua, Joy (Mike) Wood of Copley, Heather (James) Franklin of Urbanna and Heidi (Jack) Reser or Bellfountaine.
Known affectionately as the "Energizer Bunny," Pastor Meredith lived an extraordinary life. She graduated from Kent State with a degree in Speech Therapy and worked in that field before moving to Florida where she managed a convenient store while raising her family.
In time, however, God called her from filling the shelves of 7/11 to filling the pews of His church. Pastor Meredith subsequently earned her Master of Divinity and served United Methodist churches in Bucyrus (Harmony and Scioto), Avon Lake (Lakeshore), and since 1997, Jefferson.
Loving, kind, caring, unselfish, joyful, and generous are but a few adjectives used to describe our beloved Meredith. She was an enthusiastic "hugger" of all, accepted all, and loved all.
She could be found jogging on the streets of Jefferson in the wee hours of the morning as she prepared for her day. And how her days were full....