Martha Marty E. Wright Ableson

July 27, 1931January 2, 2013
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SULPHUR-Martha "Marty" Ellen Wright Coe Ableson, 81, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in the Golden Age Nursing Home in Welsh. She was a native of Ponca City, Oklahoma, born on July 27, 1931. Marty spent her early years in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Milwaukee Downer College (now Lawrence University), where she received a B.A. in Music Education. She moved to Louisiana around 1952 where she met and married the love of her life, Leo Coe. Marty earned her Masters Degree in Music Education from McNeese State University. She taught Chorus for many years at W.W. Lewis Middle School in Sulphur, and throughout her career her students earned many Superior ratings in their performances. She was very talented and enjoyed sharing her love of music with all those she knew, as well as serving as an Organist and Choir Director at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She will always be remembered by her students, church family, and friends for her outgoing and cheerful nature, and her many acts of kindness and devotion. She is survived by her daughter Mary Coe Burke and husband Samuel, and her three grandchildren, Lauren, Sami, and Timothy, all of Sulphur. She is preceded in death by her sister, JoAnn Ellefson; parents Joe and Pauline Wright; and husbands Leo E. Coe and Paul M. Ableson. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, January 4, in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sulphur. The Rev. James Benbrook will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until time of service Friday at the church. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at Donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2013

Martha Marty E. Wright Ableson

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Rob Wilkinson

December 10, 2013

Mrs. Coe taught me music and chorale singing for the three years that I attended WW Lewis Jr. High School. I know that she had no idea the profound effect she had on my life and the appreciation for music that she instilled in me. Her musical influence has remained with my throughout my life and I was doubly sad to learn of her passing, because I thought many times over the years of contacting her to tell her what she had meant to me and only now, when I did another search on her name, did I learn of her passing. Too little, too late. Martha had the great gift of making learning fun and I am sorry I didn't get to tell her so.

Greg Bates

January 14, 2013

So sorry to learn that one of my very favorite teachers has passed away. I had Mrs.Coe at W.W. Lewis for three years, and enjoyed chorus so much. She was so much fun and we all loved her. She made learning music a joy. She talked often of her beloved Leo, and Mary too. My deepest sympathy to the family.

January 5, 2013

I went to WW Lewis Middle School when Miss Coe was the Music Teacher/. She was loved by most students and was young and full of life with the students. We did win lot of awards at chorus competitions in those years. My name was Judy McInnis at the time and now married , Judy Bunch. I just wanted to say our thoughts are with the family at this time. My Mom just passed away in Oct. this past year 2012 at 95years so I was blessed with her long life. Remember the good times and talk about those it will help sharing her memories.

Phil Doucet

January 4, 2013

Marty was a very sweet and positive person whom we've come to know as we visited a mutual friend, Agnes Hebert in the Golden Age Home. She was a lady who smiled a lot, loved a sense of humor, and had a great voice and singing ability. We were blessed for having known her. We will be praying for the family whom she loved. Phil & Christy Doucet, Jennings, LA

Joan(Yvonne) Leasure

January 4, 2013

Mary, Gene and I remember our time in the choir as your Mom directed us. She was full of life and made our time in Holy Trinity Choir and sure pleasure. I think that is when the choir became a close knit community and a real love for each other. She will surely be missed. With all our Love
Gene & Yvonne Leasure