Coral Lily Halstead
Coral Halstead, also known as Aunt Coco or Coralillie, age 98, passed away at her Talent, Ore., home on Friday, April 8, 2011. She was born on September 10, 1912, in Harmon, Ill.
Aunt Coco moved from Illinois to Boston, Ind., in May 1917, traveling by train with her mother and sister during World War I. At age nine, she moved to Richmond, Ind., where she
completed her education. She met her future husband, Virgil Lee Halstead, when they both were employed by Avco Corp., and they were married November 3, 1945. Coral retired from Montgomery Ward after 44 years, having worked in plumbing, heating and building supplies as a salesperson and the bookkeeper for contract sales. Due to a heart attack, at age 59, Virgil preceded Coral in death on February 23, 1975.
In August 1996, Coral and her sister, Elva, moved to Oregon to be near Elva's youngest son, John C. Schweiger, and his wife, Candace, for elderly assistance. They lived with John and Candace for six months until the home John had built for them in Talent was completed.
Coral enjoyed crocheting in her earlier years as well as hunting and fishing with her husband. She worked crossword puzzles (tried to do them every morning while eating breakfast) until her death. She also enjoyed dining out, John and Candace's home and cabin on Fish Lake, and her FAMILY and FRIENDS. She enjoyed the company of and caring for Jenny, John and
Candace's golden retriever, when they were busy or away. She was Coco's Big Girl. After Jenny's death, she enjoyed having their black lab, Bullet, at her home. Coral enjoyed feeding many varieties of birds as well as a few squirrels on her back patio and in a bird feeder.
Coco was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Pearl Compton; her husband, Virgil in 1975; her older sister, Cheradal Calista Hartman (Cherry), in 1982; and younger sister, Elva Pearl Schweiger (Dude and Punkin), in 2003. Coral is survived by nephew and wife, John C. and Candace Schweiger, of Ashland, Ore.; nephew, Edward J. Schweiger II, of Charlotte, N.C.; great-nephew, Edward J. Schweiger III, of Ashland, Ore., and his daughter, Emilie Nouveau, of Bellingham, Wash.; three great-nieces, Natalie Packer of Whitby, New Zealand, and her
children, Sienna, Corrine, and Cole, Monica Meenaghan of Ashland, Ore., and her children, Tyler, Emma and Riley, and Tara Hartline, of Adairsville, Ga., and her three daughters; step-great niece, Stephanie Dyer and her son, Ronin, of Ashland, Ore.; and step-great nephew, Mark Dailey, and his son, Matthew, and daughters, Makeda and Shilo, of Ashland, Ore. She is also survived by her Little Sister, Beulah Halstead Hankosky, of Richmond, Ind.
Services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2011. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and
funeral will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home 1811 Ashland Street,
Ashland, Ore. Service in Indiana will be Wednesday, April 27, 2001 at 11:00 a.m., at Stegall-Berhide Funeral Chapel, 222 N. 10th, Richmond, Ind., with burial at Earlham Cemetery,
Arrangements by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon. www.litwillersimonsen.com.