It was a Sunday morning April 12th, 1936 when Malinda Coleman, the fourth child out of ten, was born to Glover and Annie Aubrey of Homer Louisiana. Malinda professed Christ as her personal savior at an early age at her family’s home church, Mt.Zion Baptist Church.
Malinda attended Mayfield High School in Athens Louisiana and shortly transferred to Homer High School in Lisbon Louisiana. After graduating high school, Malinda pursued a career in nursing. Malinda had a deep love for her family and a passion for life. She was known for her sweet spirit and you could always find her taking care of someone, for instance she used to walk Phillips Temple very own Rev. Martin to school.
She was very poised and proud; she was known as a mother to many. She helped raise her siblings and they loved each other unconditionally. Malinda met the love of her life, John William White, during the 1950’s while he was serving in the military. John Said when he met her he knew she was the one. During their courtship he promised to marry her, and he did on May 18, 1957. Soon after they married they moved to San Diego, CA; John came first to secure employment and a home, then Malinda joined him shortly after. Soon after that they started their family, brining four beautiful children into the world: Alvin, Sandra, Verna, and John Jr. Family meant the world to Malinda. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren deeply. She often shared stories of how well mannered her grandchildren were and how they took great care of her. Her great grands made her smile even brighter. She loved her life and everyone around her.
Malinda continued to pursue her nursing career as a nurse at Mercy Hospital where dedicated 35 years of service. When she retired she continued to help others; she volunteered at her grandchildren’s schools, you could find her happily spending quality time with them she was Grannie to all the kids.
She loved her husband, but most of all, Malinda loved the Lord. You could find her always reading her Bible and she loved her church family very much. You could also find her at home sitting and looking out the window, we would call her the neighborhood watch. Malinda was a great online shopper, she had a hat for every outfit and occasion.
Her and our late father were our superheroes. She was our biggest motivator-full of wisdom, joy and laughter. She was a friend to all, and an enemy of none. She enjoyed cooking and everything she fixed was perfectly cooked with love. You could come to her with anything, and she would keep it to herself and say, “Be nice “ or “Be a sweet baby”. Everybody loved Mrs.White.
Malinda was preceded in death by her husband John; four sisters: Archie Clark, Marie Jewel Thomas, Geneva Harper, and Katie Howard; and three brothers: Gilmer, Son, and Jasper Coleman.
She leaves to carry her legacy her four children: Alvin white, Sandra Palmer, Verna White, and John White Jr. Five grandchildren: Cedrick Palmer, Kiara Hadley, LaKendra Palmer, Jordan White, and Heaven White. Two great grandsons: Isaiah Palmer and Demitri (DJ) Hadley Jr. along with two brothers: Tommie and Deotis Coleman, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
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