Jessie Louise Lusk was born on January 31, 1926 to Armor and Virgie Lusk, a pioneer logging family in Elk Creek, WA. Jessie and her eight siblings worked very hard during her formative years. Having suffered the loss of her mother at a very young age, Jessie helped in the raising her siblings.
During World War II, Jessie worked as a welder for the Kaiser Ship Building Enterprise. It was there that she met the love of her life, Larry Coleman.
Jessie and Larry married on November 18, 1944 in Vancouver, WA, and created a family composed of their two daughters: Cheryl (Sherry) and Michele (Micki), as well as their son Terry. The family initially settled in Washington state and were employed in farming and the lumber Industry.
The family moved to Alaska in 1959 where Larry was employed in the lumber industry. They were an Alaskan pioneer family, being one of the first families to settle in Hollis and Thorne Bay, Alaska. Subsequently, the family moved to Ketchikan, where they established a construction firm. Jessie was a key participant in all these endeavors, contributing to the successes they experienced, while continuing to raise and guide her children. Upon retirement, Jessie and Larry moved to California and then Arizona.
Jessie passed in her sleep the morning of November 1, 2021. She is survived by her three children and spouses, Sherry and Phil Levy of Tucson, AZ, Micki and Stan McMillion of Bullhead City, AZ, and Terry and Linda Coleman of Coffman Cove, AK; grandchildren: Tami Jones and husband Quent of Craig, AK, Shelli Weatherford and husband Spunky of Klawock, AK, and Sara Yockey and husband Bill of Coffman Cove, AK, Zach Coleman and wife Jaimie of Ninilchik, AK, and Alex Kolterman and husband Pete of Tacoma, WA; and many great grandchildren. Jessie’s descendants continue to contribute to the people and the great state of Alaska. Two of her descendants are members of the Coffman Cove City Council with one being its mayor and three who operate a lucrative seafood business in Southeast Alaska, shipping nationwide.
There is no greater title that can be bestowed on a person than the title of “MOM.” To her family, and those who have befriended Jessie, she has provided wise counsel over the years, and most of all love. To these blessed individuals, Jessie will always be “MOM.”
May Jessie and Larry rest together in peace and tranquility throughout eternity.
A Celebration of Jessie’s Life will be held at a later date.