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Kathryn Coleman

Aug. 6, 1951-Sept. 27, 2008

Kathryn D. Coleman, 57, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, September 27, 2008 at the Barb Vanofferen Family Foster Care Home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Kathryn Dawn Sullivan was born to Jerry and Dolores (Baker) Sullivan on Aug. 6, 1951 in Detroit Lakes, where she was raised and educated.

As a young woman, she moved to St. Paul, where she married Larry Coleman in 1973. After her father's death in 1980, they moved to Fargo and, in 1981, adopted their son, Troy. They later moved to Detroit Lakes, where Kathy worked as a personal care attendant for Melissa Brilset, whom she loved as a daughter. She also had an unceasing love for her pet dogs and birds.

At the time of her death, Kathy was a member of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Detroit Lakes. She enjoyed sharing the Bible's truths, which she learned often. This gave her much comfort during her years of ill health.

Kathy is survived by her son, Troy Coleman of Detroit Lakes; three brothers, Tim Sullivan of Shoreview, Minn., Tom (Patty) Sullivan of Blaine, Minn., and John Sullivan of Mason City, Iowa; sister, Jean (Rick) Moyer of Staunton, Va.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Kathy in death were her husband, Larry (2004), her parents; and her older brother, Patrick.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with Curt Fowler officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is providing arrangements. Online guest registration is available at the funeral home's web site,