Coral Gay Schmitt passed into the loving arms of Heavenly Father on August 9, 2017. She was just 23 days short of her 87th birthday.
Coral was born at home to Hiram Jackson and Viola Estella (Hensley) Brown on September 1, 1930 in Pleasant Valley, Kansas; ten miles north of Bucklin, Kansas. She was ninth of thirteen brothers and sisters. She graduated from Bucklin High School. On July 7, 1948 she married Harold J. Schmitt in Kinsley, Kansas and they honeymooned on their way to moving to Ontario, Oregon where they lived the rest of their lives. Harold and Coral had seven children, Harold Neville (Neb), Kenneth Paul, Teresa LaRayne, Duane Kevin, Vernon LeRoy, Charles Michael, and Gary Dean. Coral’s children were her reason for living and she loved them all tremendously.
Coral is survived by her sister Joyce and little brother George (Billy), her children Neb (Linda), Ken (Tammy), Teresa, Duane, Vern (Rindy) and Gary (Doris); 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Coral was preceded in death by her parents, ten of her siblings, son Charles and husband Harold. Coral is also survived by the caring, loving and devoted nurses and staff at Blue Mountain Care Center in Prairie City, Oregon.
Visitation will be on Monday, August 21 from 5:00 – 8:00pm at Lienkaemper Chapel in Ontario with graveside services on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 10:00am at Sunset Cemetery in Ontario.