Mary Alice Coffee Zeman was born in Frost, Texas, on May 17, 1940. She was the sixth child born to Sally Ellen Deatherage Coffee and George Newton Coffee, Sr., and the only girl. Mary grew up in West, Texas where she graduated from West High School in 1958. She attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for a short time before moving with her mother to Washington State to live by her oldest brother, ET, and his family. It was there that she met the love of her life, Bob Zeman. After knowing each other for six months, they married on March 19, 1960. Soon after, they moved to Chicago, IL, and lived with Bob’s mother, Rose. While living in Chicago, they were blessed with their first two children, Robin Renee and Mark Robert. They moved to Waco, Texas, in the spring of 1967. In October of the same year they had their third child, Dale Anton. The family moved to Groesbeck in 1968.