Pat Coryell, age 90, a former long-time resident of El Dorado, Kansas, died peacefully on April 26, 2020. Born Mary Patricia in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Pat was a noted local artist who specialized in scenic watercolors of the flowers and landscapes of Kansas. She was a cofounder 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 Presbyterian Women, a special commendation for her work with them over 50 years.
Pat grew up on a poultry farm near Tulsa with her parents, Lorenzo Dow (LD) Lewis and Florence Ray Lewis, her brother James B. (Sue) Lewis and her sister, Carolyn Lewis (Ed) Thoroughman. Her father worked for Standard Oil; her mother was a home-maker.
Valedictorian of her high school class, Pat attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned her master’s degree in botany. She married David Coryell in 1950 and became a full-time wife and mother of four children, all of whom survive her: Susan (Richard) Cooley, Micaela (Jay) Ayers, Janet (Jim Smither) Coryell, and Brian (Julie) Coryell.
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 David retired from IBM and 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 was predeceased by her parents, sister, and brother. She is survived by her husband David, four children, and grandchildren: Allen (Lindsay) Cooley, Sarah (Shawn) Buessing; Rachel and Brady (Rue Silver) Ayers; David Smither; Victoria (John) Acheson, Jennifer (Greg) Barnes and Christopher (fiancÚ Christine) Coryell; sister-inlaw Sue Lewis; great-grandchildren; and extended family.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. David Coryell is at home at 1028 Allen Springs Lane, #309, Jenison, Michigan 49428. In keeping with Pat’s generous spirit, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, El Dorado, KS, The American Red Cross, or the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org