LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin woman known as "the Cake Angel" has died.
Debbie Coleman founded the Cake Angel Foundation in 2010. Since that time, she had been making unique birthday cakes for children who wouldn't have had one otherwise.
"It is with sad heart I pass on this news," Rhonda Conditt Clover said in an e-mail. "Debbie Coleman, the Angel Cake Foundation founder has passed away. She was an amazing person who gave her heart, time, and talent to help children at risk by providing free birthday cakes."
Clover said Coleman loved her community and served it well over the years and added Coleman took great pride in her family and friends.
"I have personally treasured our close friendship beyond words," Clover said. "God has taken another angel home."
Coleman's family will be having a celebration of life service at their church at a date yet to be announced, Clover said. Clover said Coleman's family, friends, and local civic leaders will be given the opportunity to speak during her eulogy.
In honor of Coleman's accomplishments and contributions to the community, State Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) has donated an honorary state flag that which be given to her family at the celebration of life service.
"Please pray for her family," Clover said.
Coleman continued her community service despite dealing with some serious health issues. After Coleman suffered her seventh hearth attack in February of 2014, women from the community started helping her with baking, decorating, and delivering the cakes.
In 2014, a group of East Texas students from 15 schools joined forces and collected nearly 1,600 boxes of cake mix along with other baking goods like oil, powdered sugar, and canned milk and donated the items to Coleman's Cake Angel Foundation.
In January of 2014, Coleman said something as small as a birthday cake can make a big difference in someone's life.
"I've had big, husky football players just cry and give us hugs because nobody cared enough to give them a cake until then."