CENTERVILLE, Wash. -- Even after a year, and more than a half-dozen memorial services, Barbie Coleman often feels like her husband is still alive. She pictures him returning to their house east of Yelm, Wash., telling fresh tales of life with his Special Forces team like he had so many times before.
"Always, in the back of my mind, I think he's coming home," said Barbie Coleman, who first began dating her husband at Goldendale High School in Klickitat County. "I just can't think of myself as a widow."
Master Sgt. Mark Coleman died May 2, 2010, at age 40. The leader of a 12-man team, Coleman in his last minutes of life ordered younger soldiers back to a safe distance as he located a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.