Ila Coleman (final arrangements)

Ila Coleman, 90, of New London was called home by her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.  John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions; If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” She was born May 15, 1932, the 2nd child of Claude Ernest and Vercie Harter Giberson.  She met her husband, Chester Coleman in kindergarten while attending a country school southeast of Hillsboro in 1937; it was then that he announced he would someday marry her.  And they married January 14, 1951 and happily celebrated 65 anniversaries.

Ila’s family was her pride and joy along with her jobs and hobbies.  She enjoyed being a wife and mother, a home health aide and medical assistant; working alongside her husband Chet building and remodeling; traveling and rock hunting with club members.  She quilted many quilts for kids, grands, great and great-great grands; crocheted lap robes for family and nursing home residents; enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, painting and reading.  John 8:22; “Jesus said, I am the light of the world. He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Survivors include her daughters, Joy (Mike) Davis, and Sherry (Arlo) Walljasper both of New London, son Bryan (Debra) Coleman of Letts, Iowa; 8 grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 32 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; 11 step-great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank and Jim; and four sisters, Evelyn Mitchell, Ruth Boyd, Irene West and Darlene Norton.  Souls welcomed home by our Lord and Savior Jesus include; her husband Chet (Korean war vet); parents; grandparents; her brothers Louie (20 year Air Force vet), Ernest and Ralph; infant daughter Ila; infant grandson Bryan Lee; and step-grandson Troy.

Matthew 11:28; “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  (An invitation from our Savior Jesus Christ.)


The funeral service for Mrs. Coleman will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, August 1, 2022 at Elliott Chapel, New London with Mr. Dan Dingus officiating.  Family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 until the time of the service.  Burial will follow the service at Burge Cemetery, New London.  In lieu of flowers memorials have been established for Dover Museum in New London and Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice.  Online condolences may be left at