We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Dunkum Funeral Home
Jennifer Marie Coleman, Esq. of Richmond, the beautiful and adventurous 34 year old daughter of Mr. Hal and Dr. Sharon Coleman, of Roanoke, lost her life during a hike in Montana’s Glacier National Park on August 30, 2021. Just as her presence lit up a room, her spirit now has made heaven a little brighter.
In addition to her parents, Jenn is survived by her brother, Gus; other family members and friends to numerous to mention.. She dearly loved all of the family pets, horses Lily, Zack and Misty, dogs Sadie, Lola, Layla, and Boudraux, and lastly CatCat girl. Jenn was a graduate of North Cross School (2006), Virginia Tech (2010–BS Environmental Science), Virginia Tech (2012–MS Crop and Soil Environmental Science),The T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond(2016–Juris Doctor). Her work experience began while she was still completing her education, 2013 -Titan America, 2010–2012 – Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech, 2014-2015 Summer Law Clerk, EPA. Upon graduation from law school, Jenn began her professional career as an Enforcement Specialist with DEQ (2016-2018). From 2018 until present, she served as the Director of Compliance and Enforcement with the VDH Office of Drinking Water.
Through Pastor John Wagler and his staff at Hill City Church ministry in Richmond, Jenn grew spiritually. Her walk with God and understanding of the Bible was greatly enhanced through their biblical teaching.
Jenn embraced life and left this earth doing what she loved – hiking. She had a passion for exploring the world and the great outdoors, her interests included horseback riding, camping, nature walks, observing wildlife in their natural habitat, studying plants as well as constellations in the night sky, capturing her many unique finds on camera. If there was a task that needed to be done on the farm, be it operating or maintaining equipment, hanging drywall, or landscaping work, she eagerly jumped right in to learn the required skills and knowledge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jennifer Coleman Memorial Fundraiser in support of the Glacier National Park Conservancy, their mission is her passion, to preserve and protect nature. Alternatively, donations in her honor may be made to The Aware Foundation of Virginia, whose volunteers relentlessly worked to quickly get her information out to the public and media when she was reported missing. Tips that came in from individuals, who were hiking the same trail/day as Jenn, identified her from their pictures and reported her last known location. Glacier National Park contains a million acres of glacier carved mountains and peaks, forests, valleys, and lakes. The ability to narrow down the search area with proof positive sightings was the most important lead in determining her location.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. in Enon Baptist Church with interment to follow in the Coleman Family Farm Cemetery where she joins her grandparents and her beloved 13 year old boxer, Miss Ellie, who was Jennifer's friend and companion. The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 6 until 9 p.m. at Enon Baptist Church.
Jennfer Coleman Memorial for Glacier National Park Conservancy
Due to difficulty with the Spot Fund website link not being compatible with the DFH website we are unable to provide the direct link. However you make go directly to Spot Fund and then search for Jennifer Coleman to get her story and the link to donate to the Glacier National Park Conservancy.
The AWARE Foundation of Virginia
6406 Hidden Valley Drive, Roanoke VA 24018