Nadine Gill started city’s first cable TV company
Mass of Christian Burial for Nadine M. Gill, 74, of Mobridge, was held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home.
Nadine passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at her home in Mobridge.
Nadine Marie Gill was born to Lester and Genevieve (Schamp) Gill in rural Timber Lake in 1939. She attended Long Butte Country School near the family farm. She spent her childhood on the farm north of the Timber Lake area, graduating from Timber Lake High School.
She married Q.P. Coleman in 1957. To this union seven children were born; Richard, J. Randal, Bradley, Q. Patrick, Crystal, Rodney and Jennifer. Nadine and Q.P. resided in Mobridge wherein Nadine took over the day-to-day management of KOLY radio after Q.P. passed away in 1978. Nadine also started and was majority owner of Mobridge Cable Television, which resulted in Mobridge residents having access to more than two channels of television.
Nadine had many accomplishments throughout her life, namely that she raised six children after the passing of Q.P. and worked full time running two successful businesses. Nadine was a superior businesswoman in a man’s world.
Nadine was a sweet lady with a tough business mind and was always willing to stick up for herself, even when they told her that a woman could not start and run a successful cable television company. She cared about her employees and always made sure they were well provided for.
Nadine served on the Mobridge City Council and she was named woman of the year by the Chamber of Commerce. She served on many councils and boards and was active in many Mobridge clubs throughout her life. She was a big supporter of Mobridge Regional Hospital.
It was always known at the Coleman house that you entered through the garage door, you always put your dishes in the dishwasher, never put your feet on the furniture and you ate what was on your plate. She was always willing to feed any child who wanted to eat with her, but never took any grief from anybody. Nadine was at every sporting event her children had, cheering them on. She put all her kids through college and was even willing to help them when they got into trouble. She loved to call her granddaughters Snicklefritz and play tickle with them when they were young.
Nadine met and in 1982, married Marvin Gill and gained three more children; Marlin, Candy and Kory Gill. At that time, she moved with her family to the San Diego, Calif., area. The family returned to Mobridge in 1985, where she continued to run KOLY Radio and Mobridge Cable Television. Mobridge Cable was sold in 1994. She sold the radio station in 1997.
Nadine is survived by her husband of 31 years, Marvin D. Gill; her six children, Richard Coleman, Randy (Maria) Coleman, Bradley Coleman, Patrick (Alberto) Coleman, Rodney Coleman and Jennifer (Mike) Coleman; her three step-children, Kory, Candy and Marlin Gill; her grandchildren, Jessica (Dale), Lexi (Marc), Emily, Madison, Sabrina, Jace and Lyric; six step-grandchildren; her great-grandchildren, Vicki Lee and Kolby; her sisters, Karen (Bob) McGuire, Deloras Kraft, and Sister Phyllis Gill; her brother, Larry (Janet) Gill; her close friends, Gwen Grad, Ardie Scott, Marge Perman and Darlene Davidson; and all of her “Thirsty Thursday” gals and bridge club ladies.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her brother-in-law Andy Kraft, her infant daughter Crystal and her first husband Q.P. Coleman.