Lottie Coleman, born Oct. 24,
1905, was the eighth child of John Thomas and Annie Laura Phelps
Coleman. Little is recorded of her childhood, but like the other
kids in the family, she was required to help Dad in the business by
preparing and selling home grown vegetables. In 1914, Mesa had an
epidemic of typhoid, and Lottie, along with her two brothers, Carl
and Phil, contracted the fever. She
was the only one of the three to survive. She lost all of her hair,
which was common with severe typhoid cases, and she lost so much
weight that Naomi reported that when Lottie put on her socks [long
cotton stockings] there was nothing to hold them up, and they fell
down around her ankles, giving the family a good laugh. Lottie
remained thin throughout her life, uncharacteristic of the Coleman
Lottie was just 12 when her mother died, old enough to understand
the loss to the family. When her father remarried, life at home was
not the same, so she lived part of the time with her oldest sister
and brother-inlaw, Lue Annie and Ralph Matthews.
Lottie was christened and blessed by Morris C Phelps, her uncle,
Dec. 3, 1905. She was later baptized and confirmed by her
grandfather Philip Marion Coleman in 1913. She married Athal Don
Taylor on Sept 15,1923 at the age of l7.Athal worked as a farmer
near Chandler. By 1929 Lottie and Athal had three children. The
first was Quinte June, born Aug. 22, 1924. Then on May 6, 1926,
Ethel Jean was born, then Virginia Ruth Sept. 7, 1929. Times were
difficult as the country went into the Great Depression, so in 1929
Athal heard there was work in California. Lottie and her three
little girls went by train from Pheomx to Los Angeles to join him.
Virginia was just weeks old.
When her three daughters were in school, Lottie went to work at a
small corner grocery store. January 12, 1943, a fourth child was
born, Walter Don Taylor, and Lottie quit work to stay home and take
care of him.
Two years later, in 1945, they moved to Bakersfield, Calif. where
Athal worked as a truck driver. He died of a heart attack May 13,
Lottie met and married James Walker Cooper in 1961, and they
continued to make their home in Bakersfield until she passed away
Dec. 29, 1982.