She was born in Switz City on Dec. 20, 1930 to William H. Dowden and Edna Jackson Dowden
She enjoyed a 30 year career as senior clerk of the checkout department at the Vigo County Public Library.
On February 22, 2007, the Coleman Cancer Center at Providence Medical Group in Terre Haute was established in honor of Norma Coleman and the late Kenneth Coleman under the direction of Dr. Sang Huh. The Coleman Cancer Center is designed to bring cutting edge treatments from major natonal cancer institutions to the people of Terre Haute and surrounding areas.
She is survived by her two daughters, Lori Coleman Engle and her husband, Ernie of Terre Haute and Lisa Coleman Paulsen and her husband Edwin of Manhanttan Beach, CA; two sisters, Alberta Miller and Judy Shake and her husband, John of Linton; her brother, Lowell Dowden of Sullivan and her sister-in-law, Virginia Kincaid of Elgin, IL; four grandchildren, Anthony and Sloane Engle of Terre Haute and Trent
and Chelsea Paulsen of Manhattan Beach along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at Roselawn Funeral Home, 7500 North Clinton Street, Terre Haute. Visitation is scheduled from 3-6 p.m. with services to begin at 6 p.m. with Pastor Brett C. =
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Norma's memory to the Coleman Cancer Center Foundation c/o Dr. Sang Huh, Providence Medical Group, 2723 South 7th Street, Suite L, Terre Haute, IN 47802 ph. 812-232-1418 or Cross Lane Community Church, 2204 Lafayette Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana 47805 ph 812-466-6766.