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Patricia Coryell

Patricia Lewis Coryell (Lewis)

Tuesday, January 14th, 1930 - Sunday, April 26th, 2020
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Mary Patricia (Pat) Coryell, age 90, a former long-time resident of El Dorado, Kansas, died peacefully on April 26, 2020 in Jenison, Michigan. Pat was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Lorenzo Dow (LD) and Florence Ray Lewis on January 14, 1930. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Botany at Oklahoma State University. Pat was a noted local artist who specialized in landscapes. She was a co-founder of the Bluestem Gallery, a long-time member of the El Dorado Art Association, and co-owner with her husband, David Coryell, of the Gift Horse Farm Studio and Gallery at their Century Farm north of El Dorado. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, serving in offices of deacon and elder, and received the honorary life membership of the United Presbyterian Women, a special commendation for her work with them for over 50 years.

Pat loved to travel, whether it was camping in a pop-up trailer with David and all four kids or flying multiple times to Europe. She collected botanical specimens in her early years and employed her knowledge to create beautiful gardens everywhere she lived, including her last at the age of 80. She and her husband lived in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and upstate New York, before they moved to El Dorado in 1976. There, they restored the family farm, harvested milo and wheat, raised cats and dogs, and traveled to art shows and galleries to display Pat’s paintings and crafts.

Everything Pat did, she undertook with dedication and research, compiling endless lists, sketches, and records. She hosted her large family and their offspring regularly, wrote long letters of their various activities, kept every card she ever got, and, to the end of her days, enjoyed meeting people and listening to their stories. She was a favorite of her caregivers at the American House in Jenison, Michigan, where she moved in August 2019.

Pat is survived by her husband of 69 years, David Coryell, Jenison; children Susan (Richard) Cooley, Micaela (Jay) Ayers, Janet (Jim Smither) Coryell, and Brian (Julie) Coryell; sister-in-law Sue Lewis; grandchildren Allen (Lindsay) Cooley, Sarah (Shawn) Buessing, Rachel and Brady (Rue) Ayers, David Smither, Victoria (John) Acheson, Jennifer (Greg) Barnes and Christopher (fiancé Christine) Coryell; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother James B Lewis and sister Caroline (Ed) Thoroughman.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In keeping with Pat’s generous spirit, memorial gifts may be made to The American Red Cross at www.redcross.org or another charity of your choice. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Cherrywood, American House Jenison for the love and kindness they showed to Pat every day of her life there.
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