Lena Coleman-Wilson uplifted Corpus Christi’s business community

Local humanitarian and entrepreneur Lena Coleman-Wilson died Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Family members said she had suffered a hip injury earlier, but was unable to get surgery to correct it because of a previous heart condition.

Coleman-Wilson, born in Gonzales County, was famous for her saying, “A lady never reveals her true age.”

A 1949 graduate of Lincoln-Ball High School in Seguin, Coleman-Wilson served on multiple boards throughout her life, including stints with the United Way and what was once known as the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. She also was the former president of the NAACP Corpus Christi branch.

Linda Marie Gilmore said she her aunt was the pillar of her family. She said she feels grateful to know she had an aunt who did so much for so many people.

“It didn’t matter what race or nationality they were; she helped whoever and wherever she could,” Gilmore said.

NAACP Corpus Christi chapter president Terry Mills (left to right), Lena Coleman Wilson and Frank Wilson gathered with several hundred at the Nueces County Courthouse before the start of the annual Marting Luther King Jr. Walk in Corpus Christi on Jan. 17, 2011.

Terry Mills, president emeritus of the local NAACP branch, said he has known Coleman-Wilson his whole life and she referred to him as a son.

“It has been such an honor to know her for so long,” Mills said. “She did so much for the community and will be greatly missed.”

Coleman-Wilson founded the Elliott Grant Homes and Jefferine Lytle Estates. The two housing communities are geared toward helping home senior citizens.

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