Marie, Edith and William Ware Coleman were the children of William Lee and Mary Ware Coleman of Johnston, S.C. The sisters attended Greenville Female College; Marie graduated with a B.A. in 1899 and a Special degree in Art in 1902; Edith graduated with a Bachelor of Letters in 1909. William graduated from Furman University in 1901.
Marie died of tuberculosis on July 29, 1907. Edith married Bartow M. Walsh. She died June 19, 1959.