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"The Pearl Coleman G

Pearl Coleman was born on November 12, 1922 in Osborne, N.C. She later moved and settled in Newark and began working at St. Benedict’s Prep as the Administrative Assistant to Headmaster Fr. Edwin Leahy, O.S.B. ’63.

Pearl, was the mother of Mr. Jerry Coleman – St. Benedict’s Class of 1979 and became a member of the Honorary Class of 1993. Mrs. Coleman entered eternal life on January 16, 2009.

Pearl Coleman’s life impacted St. Benedict’s Prep in many ways, but she is mostly remembered for giving her honest opinion when it came to certain matters, making sure everyone in the school was doing their assigned role and she kept the day moving smoothly with an uplifting spirit. Mrs. Coleman guarded the 520 front door with her life, and made sure students and staff were always safe.

Pearl Coleman was not only a mother to her son, but to generations of SBP students and staff members. She was not very wealthy or famous, but rather a simple woman who was strong-minded and vivacious until the end of her days. She was the rock of the school for many years. She performed her duties to the highest standards, whether it was collecting tuition or serving as a security guard. No one got in or out of the school without Mrs. Pearl Coleman’s permission. Overall, Mrs. Coleman was a “tough cookie” who loved Popeye’s chicken, honey buns, and orange soda.

Mrs. Coleman impacted the lives of so many people through her loving nature and beautiful spirit. It is with great honor that we celebrate her legacy with “The Pearl Coleman Group” of St. Benedict’s Prep - Girls Prep Division.

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