Manasquan clubs honor longtime member Rita Coleman

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The Sea Lavender Garden Club and the Manasquan Seniors held a bench dedication ceremony on May 11 paying tribute to Rita Coleman. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

MANASQUAN — Two Manasquan organizations came together on May 11 to honor the legacy of Rita Coleman, who died in May of 2019.

Ms. Coleman was an active member of the Manasquan community having been involved with the Sea Lavender Garden Club, Manasquan Seniors and Manasquan Shade Tree Commission for many years.

“She is sorely missed by the Manasquan community where she was an active member,” the garden club said, adding that Ms. Coleman was the “backbone of the Sea Lavender Club as well as the Seniors, where she seemingly effortlessly arranged for monthly programs and trips.”

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The two groups jointly purchased a bench in memory of Ms. Coleman that is now located near the Fourth Avenue garden “that she lovingly took care of,” the garden club said.

The Sea Lavender Garden Club and the Manasquan Seniors dedicated a bench Rita Coleman who passed away two years ago.
PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

The dedication ceremony had been previously delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on gatherings; however, on May 11 the groups were finally able to pay tribute to Ms. Coleman.

“Rita was a consummate planner and organizer and always full of great ideas for the Garden Club and Seniors. She had the skills to quiet a bus load of people and make sure everyone was accounted for. She was the coordinator of the entire Mother’s Day Plant Sale and everything ran like clockwork. She made sure every committee completed their tasks and she was always there to help,” the garden club said.

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