Marilyn Lila (Wagstaff) Coleman

October 8, 1935 ~ December 29, 2020


Jan. 8, 2021
1:00 PM
1950 E. Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah

Marilyn Lila (Wagstaff) Coleman beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 85 years of age. Marilyn was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Robert Thomas Wagstaff and Ruth Mae Jackson Wagstaff. Marilyn grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from East High School. During her high school years, her father served a full-time mission in London, England. While attending University of Utah, Marilyn met her sweetheart, Weldon Robert Coleman (Bob) at an Institute dance. On June 11, 1957, their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. In 1958, Marilyn and Bob moved to New York City so Bob could start his banking career. Bob’s career of 35 years with the bank took the couple to various cities in Brazil, New Providence, New Jersey and Mexico City, Mexico. Marilyn and her husband returned to the Salt Lake area upon his retirement and have called Sandy home for almost 30 years. Marilyn was able to serve along with her husband as they presided over the Portugal Lisbon South Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1994-1997. Marilyn was fortunate to see many parts of the world and developed many friendships during her lifetime. Marilyn enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, attending the symphony and the opera. Marilyn also enjoyed reading, cooking, sewing, knitting, and entertaining. She is survived by her three children, Rob (Kaylene) Coleman from Katy, Texas. Cosette (Brad) from Lindon, Utah, and Melanie (Ian) from Pocatello, Idaho. She is survived by 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, her sister Carolyn and her brother Terry. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Weldon Robert Coleman, and her parents Robert & Ruth Wagstaff.
Private funeral services will be held on Friday, January 8th, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 S), Sandy, Utah. Zoom link is available at The family would like to thank the wonderful care that was given to her by the hospice nurses, caregivers and doctors involved and those who have expressed kind words and acts during this difficult time. Online condolences can be made at

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I love Sister Coleman! She and President Coleman were so kind to all of us missionaries. She was a mother figure to each missionary and especially to me when I was homesick. After all these years when I was able to connect with her over email recently, she still remembered me and spoke so lovingly of me and our mission time. I will always be grateful I could be one of Sister and President Coleman’s “missionaries”. Com muito Amor e saudades, Sarah Randall (Sister Robinson)

- Sarah Randall (Sister Robinson)
Deepest condolences to Mrs Coleman entire family. Mrs Coleman was an inspiration to me when I served my mission. My prayers are with you. We'll meet again

- Miguel Montenegro
We attended the zoom presentation of our dear friend Marilyn Coleman's service and enjoyed the remarks from her dear children. We were with Marilyn and Bob in Brazil for several years and have close contact with Marilyn ever since. We so appreciated both Marilyn and Bob, their friendship and loyalty to one another, their friends and the Church. We miss them both and it was privilege to attend the service via zoom. Gary and Rose

- Gary and Rose Neeleman
I would like to send my condolences… I hope you are able to cherish the wonderful memories you all made and know that you will meet again someday.

- Cynthia Wandry
Our condolences to Marilyn's family and friends. She was proud of her pioneer ancestors. She was a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, joining in 2015.

- P. Carson
Dear Sweet Marilyn, You were my visiting teacher and we became friends, then we were visiting teacher partners together with Susan Bodell and we so enjoyed the lessons and our lunches with one another. In these last years, we came full circle, as you became my visiting teacher once again and always we have been friends. Your example of kindness, compassion, love, and commitment to all those you served, rippled out, touching the lives of so many. You're "no waffling," "no excuses," "just get to it" attitude, reminded me often, too stand up straight, throw my shoulder to the wheel, and keep moving forward. Thank you for your influence in my life my sweet friend. I will miss you.

- Cay Walkingshaw
Marilyn was a sweet, kind, bright spot in our lives. She extended kindness and love from the first day we moved in. We were blessed to know her and learn from her wisdom and goodness. We will always remember Marilyn for her involvement and support for those around her. Steph and Jeff Weber

- Steph and Jeff Weber
Bob and Marilyn Coleman were great neighbors on Broadmoor Drive in Sun River St. George. Natalie and I live on the same street four doors away, across the street from them when they were here. I saw Bob almost daily as he walked past going to pick up the mail. After Bob's death, Marilyn attended our same Church and we grew to love her more and more. In recent years, Marilyn was always do kind, gracious and always with such a beautiful smile. Marilyn did not visit St. George very often after Bob's passing. The Coleman's were the best. Great, friendly, warm people who made one feel important with their sincere interests in you and their friendly manner. We are looking forward to the ZOOM link for Marilyn's funeral services January 8th. Condolences to their wonderful family. Marilyn will be missed.

- Mark Van Wagoner
To: Rob, Cosette, Melanie, their spouses, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren I send my love and condolences. You were indeed blessed to have had Marilyn play such an important part in your life. My brother, Bob, expressed his gratitude many times for his beloved eternal companion. I knew her as a friendly, gracious, good and kind sister. I wish that circumstances allowed my to attend her memorial in person; to meen and greet you all in person and help maintain and strengthen ties with all of the family. Please accept my sincere wish that your memory of Marilyn will help to bring joy and hope and peace in your own lives. I join with you in those things and in looking forward to the day when we shall all be together again. I do hope that we can continue to maintain family interactions. I believe that my son Matt and his wife Elyse have become acquainted with Cosette and Brad's daughter, Amy. I would also be interested in hearing about major family events as you feel appropriate. Love, Uncle Phil I also hope that we may be able to retain family interactions. I believe my son Matt and his wife Elyse

- Phil Coleman
Marilyn and Bob were among our dearest friends. We were fortunate enough to be with with them in Sao Paulo, Brazil when Bob was there working with the New York City Bank and we have been in close contact with them over all of these years. We spoke to Marilyn just a couple of weeks ago when she was confined to the bed because of her fall. Marilyn loved the Market Street Grill and in recent years, we have enjoyed many lunches with her at Market Street. Rest in peace sweet Marilyn and give Bob our regards. We love you, Gary and Rose

- Gary and Rose Neeleman
Melanie and family, I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom and grandma. It is never easy. I hope the good memories will comfort you as you go through this. May our Savior lift and comfort you and your family. Praying for you. Love, the Mitton’s

- Becky Mitton
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Our love and prayers are with you!! Scott and Kathy Williams

- Kathy and Scott Williams