Lou Ella (Coleman) Good
Lou Ella (Coleman) Good died peacefully at home
with her family this
Thursday at the age of 75. She was born October 13, 1930 to Myra and
Oliver "Jack" Coleman.
Her family moved here after the Depression and her father ran People's
Bakery before starting Coleman's Drive-In after World War II. Lou
Ella worked at the bakery with her dad and siblings and later worked
as a car-hop at the Drive-In.
As a young woman she met and fell in love with Jerry Good. They
married and had four children, Carla, Steve, Jerry and Alice. They
ran a gas station and later Jerry worked at the electric co-op. As a
family they loved to dance, cook, and spend time outdoors, camping
As her children grew Lou Ella went back into the family business,
baking and cooking "good" food that drew thousands of people, the
press, and even businessmen in helicopters. Besides owning and
operating Coleman's with her late brother, Marvin Coleman, the pair
operated the Candler House on North Grand. Before that she built and
operated The Glass Garden, another restaurant located on South Wood
Drive. That she operated with her late sister Doris Lowery. After the
deaths of her sister and brother, Lou Ella took the helm at Coleman's
Drive-In and along with her daughter and grandkids made pies and
hamburgers for smiling customers until her retirement just a few years
ago. In her retirement she oversaw the continuation of her family's
tradition as her daughter Alice bought the old People's Bakery, now
Coleman's Bakery, and began making pies again using the family's
Her legacy lives on through her family, friends and community that
will always remember the work she did, what she taught them, and all
of the happy memories that resulted from her warm personality,
generous heart, and wonderful food.
Lou Ella is survived by three children and their spouses, Steve
Good of Grove, Oklahoma, Jerry and Jerry Dale Good of Mantachie,
Mississippi, Alice and Randy Holleman of Okmulgee and her son-in-law,
James Hamm. She is also remembered by ten marvelous grand-children
and thirteen great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 2:30 P.M.
Saturday, June 17, 2006 at the
McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel with Minister
Charles Green officiating.
Interment will follow in the Okmulgee