Helen “Threasa” Price Coleman was born on May 22, 1928, to Forrest D. and Lillie Ann (Clay) Price in Piedmont, West Virginia. She was the second youngest of 10 children born from that union. Threasa and her siblings grew up in a happy and loving home located at 121 Erin Street in Piedmont.
Threasa accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Piedmont. There she grew in her faith and developed a passion for singing hymns. She received her formal education in West Virginia where she graduated from Howard High School and attended both Potomac State College and West Virginia Wesleyan University. She received training as a Major Surgery Technician at St. John’s Hospital in Yonkers, New York. She was also a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Threasa moved to Indianapolis, Indiana with family in 1977. She was employed by St. Vincent Hospital where she retired as a Minor Surgery Technician after 18 years of service. She was also a teacher’s aide for special needs, pre-school and kindergarten children at multiple schools in the Indianapolis area.
Threasa loved the Lord and her church and was a bold witness for Jesus Christ. Affectionately known as “Nana,” her generous and caring spirit were embraced by many. Her Christian life was as beautiful as the flowers that she loved so well, and her godly influence lives on through those who knew her. Threasa dedicated 34 years of faithful service as a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she was active in many ministries over time, including the Diaconate Ministry, Prayer Ministry, Bereavement Ministry, WOW Ministry, the Ruby A. Langford Mission Circle Unit, and the Sunday School Class. She served as past Co-Chair of the Christian Board of Education and President of the Missionary Department.
In addition to being a devoted mother, Threasa enjoyed playing the piano and organizing Christian and holiday programs, which she did for special occasions at church, in the community, and at the Bishop T. Garrett Benjamin Senior Living Center. She was a chocolate connoisseur and a trusted courier of spearmints for her family and friends. One of her greatest joys was singing hymns and Gospel songs, which she did all of the time. Her goal in life was found in the words of a hymn: “I’m pressing on the upward way. New heights I’m trying to gain every day. Praying as I’m onward bound, asking God to plant my feet on higher ground.”
Threasa departed this life for the Church Triumphant on May 17, 2020. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Dorothy Coleman, Vandella Taylor, Francis McKinney, James Brooks, Ruby Terry, and Ida Ruth Gulliver; brothers William Clinton, Daniel and Albert Price; half-sisters Estella Carpenter and Louise Wall; and step-sisters, JoAnn Coleman and Laura Clay. She leaves to cherish her memory: her two sons, Alex Coleman (Monica) of Coppell, Texas and Timothy Coleman (Jennifer) of Indianapolis, Indiana; five grandchildren, Evan, Erin, Bralin, Jayden, and Micah; and, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She will always be remembered as a woman of strength and courage, full of love and kindness for others. She made all of our lives richer by her presence with us.
A private funeral service of worship will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at 12pm at the Stuart Mortuary in Indianapolis, Indiana. The funeral will be available via live stream at www.stuartmortuary.com.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 30th at 11am at Potomac Memorial Gardens in Keyser, West Virginia.
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