Marie Elizabeth Coker, 43, a life-long resident of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2009, after a long illness. She was born December 22, 1965, in Galveston, Texas. She took great pride in being the daughter of August and Bennie Lee Bermea and in being a B.O.I. She married the love of her life, Bill Coker, on June 4, 1994. Marie worked for many years at UTMB, first as a switchboard operator and later as a clerk. The job she loved the most, however, was the years she spent working at the Animal Shelter before becoming a full time homemaker. Marie was an avid animal lover and an active participant in the Blue Santa program each year. Marie was also very involved in voter registration and local politics. She first became interested in politics when her father, Augie Bermea, was elected to City Council. Since that time, Marie was active in many campaigns until last year when her health prevented her from continuing.
Marie was preceded in death by her father, August Bermea. She is survived by her husband, Bill Coker; son, August “Ted” Coker and fiancé, Naakemia Whitner; mother, Bennie Lee Bermea; sister, Sharon Guerra; aunt, Ninfa Bermea; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Per Marie’s wishes, her body will be cremated and private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorials in her honor may be made to the Animal Alliance, 608 Bayou Road, La Marque, TX 77568.