Marjorie's Story

BREWER and SALINE, MICH. - Marjorie Ivers Colman, 93, passed on Jan. 18, 2015 after a lengthy illness in hospice at home with family. Marjorie was born in Lewiston on March 3, 1921 to Harry and Kate (Drewitt) Ivers.

She was the 17th child of 18 brothers and sisters, and was the last surviving member of that generation. Her parents moved to Brewer and she attended Brewer schools. In 1938 she married Philip E. Colman, who predeceased her in 1993. She is survived by her eldest son, Ronald P. Colman of Saline, MI; predeceased by her second son, David B. Colman of Woodland Park, Colorado in 1995; survived by a daughter, Sally J. LaVertu of Brewer; one grandchild, Stephen Colman of Colorado Springs, CO and many nephews and nieces.

Marge and Phil lived in Farmington during WWII, then moved briefly to Eastport and briefly again to Old Town before transferring to Bangor where they resided until retirement in 1972. Marjorie was a stay-at-home mom until the children graduated from high school. Her favorite job was working at the University of Maine bookstore in Orono. Marge and Phil bought older homes and restored them in Farmington, Eastport, Bangor, and Ellsworth. They built their dream house on a beautiful wooded lot overlooking the Penobscot River on outer State St. in Bangor in 1960. She and Phil built a retirement home on 100 acres overlooking Green Lake in Dedham. They lived happily there for more than 20 years having many friends around the lake. They enjoyed planting and harvesting vegetable gardens, flowers, fruit trees, and high-bush blueberries every year. They traveled extensively through Canada and the western U.S., especially in Coolorado, Nevada, and California. They enjoyed assisting their son David with building his home in Woodland Park, CO. They also enjoyed assisting David with his business, the Robot Factory, building and demonstrating animated characters and entertainment robots for Las Vegas casinos and other businesses in major cities at trade shows. After Philip's death in 1993 and David's death from cancer in 1995, Marjorie moved back to Brewer until 2011. She moved to Saline, MI to live with son Ronald, until her death.

Rite of committal and burial will be held 1 PM, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Ohio St., Bangor. Following the burial, there will be a reception at Sally LaVertu's home, 35 Canterbury Rd. in Brewer. In lieu of flowers contributions in Marjorie's name may be made to the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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