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Ruth Ellen "Sally" Townsend Coldiron
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 9, 2013

On October 1, 2013, Sally Coldiron went peacefully to the waiting arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ after her long, brave fight against cancer.

Sally was born in 1921 to Bert & Ella Townsend on Blocker Mountain near McAlester, OK. The Townsend family farmed and raised Percheron draft horses. After her high school graduation, Sally stayed in McAlester until 1947, when she relocated to Houston, TX where her oldest sister, Margie, lived.

Sally worked as a model and sales clerk in several of the fashionable dress shops in downtown Houston at that time. In 1950, she met Charles E. “Chuck” Coldiron while riding the bus, she to her job and he on his way to class at the University of Houston. They married on Dec. 30, 1950, and in early 1951, Chuck enlisted in the Navy to serve in the Korean War.

Sally moved to San Diego, CA, in June 1951 and in Nov. 1951, her first child, Nita Gail, was born. During the war, Sally served her country as a Rosie the Riveter, assembling bomber wings at Northup Aircraft. In 1956, the family moved back to Texas. Her first son, Brent, was born in 1958 in Bryan. In 1959, Chuck began a long career in the burgeoning Texas oil industry, which lasted until the early 1980s. Chuck and Sally welcomed two more children into their lives, Burt (1961) and Janet (1963). In 1968, the family settled in Corpus Christi where they remained until 1990.

After stays in Kingsville and Austin, Sally and Chuck moved to Brazoria, and in 1999, Sally lost her beloved husband to a brief illness. In 2002, Sally moved to Mason, to be closer to her daughters, Gail & Janet. Sally enjoyed her time in Mason, gardening and participating in activities with the American Legion Auxiliary.

In addition to the love she gave her family, Sally loved children, and through the years, she took care of dozens of children, introducing them to music, reading, dance, nature and just plain fun. Nothing brought a light to Sally’s eyes faster than the sight of a small child and nothing grieved her more than to hear of a child being mistreated.

Sally was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. “Chuck” Coldiron, her sisters, Lois and Margie, her brother, Raymond Oscar, and her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Gail & husband, Mike Shanley; her son, Brent, and wife, Tracie; her son, Burt, and her daughter, Janet. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Nick Coldiron and his wife, Jen; Sam Coldiron & Shelby Coldiron. And, Sally’s legacy continues with two great-grandchildren: Kaleb Coldiron, two years, and his brand-new sister, Kylie Ann Coldiron, born Sept. 6, 2013.

A memorial service for Sally Coldiron will be held on Friday, Oct. 11th, at 2:00 p.m., at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation with the family will be Friday morning, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A graveside service will be held at the Rock Prairie Cemetery, North Zulch, Texas, on Sat., Oct. 12th at 3:00 p.m.

To honor Sally’s lifetime love of children, the family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to either: Steady Steps Childcare, POB 178, Mason or Medina Children’s Home, 21300 St Hwy 16, Medina, TX 78055.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

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