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Minerva (Nannie) Coleman

Minerva Coleman was called Nannie, which rhymed with rainy. She was number nine in the Coleman children, born March 22, 1908. Mentally a little slow, Nannie was special to the entire family, especially to her nieces and nephews to whom she was a baby sitter and a marvelous friend. She was always a joy to be around.

She was baptized a member of the LDS Church Sept. 30, 1916 by James W. Lesueur and was confirmed by Uncle Gove Phelps.

Her story is typed by Nannie herself and has not been edited in any way. It reflects the sweetness of Nannieís telling it.

"I donít rember Mothrer very well she passed away when I was quite small I rember I still wore braces on my shoes Mother use to call me queen I remember she was bery kind Dad was A good father to us He was quite strict I didnít go to school very much I remember one morning we started to school and was lete so Oliver and I went back home Dad was quite mad but Mother just said we would have  to get up earlier I remember going home with a little girl after school I must have told her Mother that Mother said I could stay all night we played till supper time then we ate and she put me to bed to sleep with her little girl I dent remember How I got home but I remember a lot of people ther and How glad mother was to see me I remember she held me in her arms and was crying and kept saying my little girl Later I found out that they had A searching party and made A house to house canbas looking for me I remember Mother getting sick seemed like it was hard for her to breath Later she passed away leaving A tiny baby

"When we lived in Lehi across from the indian reservation Dad and Aunt Ann Paul Oliver Morris Iris and I wont over to my brother Elmers in Dad old car when we got ready go home the car woule start so ann got in to drive Iris and I in Aunt Ann had never drove A befor but said she know she could because she had drove A horse and buggy Dad and the boys started pusingi it to see if it would start to Aunt got car instead of Aunt Ann holding the car on the road she turned in to the right and ran off the road which was about a four foot drop we sure were scared but were glad she didnt turn the wheel the left because we would have went into the canal of water.

"Dad though toys were foolish so we never got manmy toys to play with Iris and I used to get corn while it was very small and still had lots of silk to lplay with for doll We made doll houses in the dirt on the canal bank and made little doll furniture out of shredded wheat boxes I remember we crie when we had to leave our corn cod doll behind when we moved from Lehi to th home that stood where the pioneer park now is we used to go to sunday school at the first ward After sunday school Iris and I would walk over to our brother Elmers and Matties house where they lived on Robson st Llmers pet name for me was fuzzy we always had a piece of cake that Mattie had baked Then we would walk over to Lute and Ralphs where we could expect A nice sunday dinner with home made ice cream

"Dad started home steading A place out by the superstition mountain We like to live out there but it was A long ways for Iris to go to school I remember Dad and I building A fence around the chicken yard out of [blank] I was helping him one day and stepped back and fell sitting in the middle of come cactus I went to the house and Aunt Ann got some plyers and picked cactus thornes out of me while I lade across the bed on my stomach

"Later we moved closer in town and Iris went to work for Ed Elsworth and his wife I was very lone some then Lute and Ralph ask me if I would like to come and live with them Ralphs helth was poor and Helen was sick so Lute went to work to help with expenses I think the day I moved to live with them was one of the happiest days of my life Helen and I had such good times togather and I felt I was needed They were all good to me I remember Ralph like to tease me had some kind of an electric thing he used to drope A nickle or dime on the flour and if I couold get it first he always let me have it So I would jump to grab it and he sould touch me with the electric thing It always made me jump but every time I would grab for the nickle or dime

"One time Minnie came from California to see us She stade two week with us and the it rained every day so she spent all the dime with us We were glad it rained She went to A storie and bought Helen and I A phonograph and some records It seemed to brother Helen to wind the ponograph so I would it up tight and it played several records befor it ran down We realy did enjoy listenin to those records Our favorite record was seven years with the wrong woman and the other side was seven years with the wrong man some day Helen felt better than others and days she felt pretty good we use to try to cook something special I remember our favorite dish was lemon cake pudding I would like

Lemon Cake Pudding
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg
1 cup milk
juices rind of 1 lemon

mix sugar salt flour & add well baten egg yolks lemon juice & rind then add milk slowly fold in egg whites stiffly beaten pour in shallow baking dis dish& bake in a pan of water at 350 for 35 to 45 minutre

"After Helen death I felt so bad I wont to California to stay with Bill and Minnie and have spent most my time with them since"

Nannie had hobbies to pass away her time. She loved to play cards, especially solitaire, and spent hours crocheting. You could depend on getting a set of pot holders for Christmas. Her greatest hobby was collecting miniature shoes, and she had a large number of them. After writing this story, Minerva returned to live with Lute until she passed away April 2, 1979 at the age of 71.

She is buried in Mesa Cemetery.