Nov. 27, 1932 - Jan. 19, 2012
Coralie Jean (Coral, Fred) Bennett Gies passed away Jan. 19, 2012, in Yuma, Ariz. She was born Nov. 27, 1932, to parents Elizabeth Ann and Francis Leon Bennett at the family home in Batesland, S.D. Her grandfather, Dr. William J. Bennett, was in attendance at her birth. She was the fifth daughter born and her four older sisters were also delivered by their grandfather Bennett. The family moved to Walla Walla in 1941 as their father found work in the pea harvest. She attended St. Patrick grade and high school. During her school years, she worked in the third floor kitchen at the old St. Mary Hospital, an inherited job from her older sisters. There was a fella she kind of liked, William (Bill) Allen Gies, who lived a block away. They fell in love and were married in Lewiston, Idaho, on Jan. 11, 1948. After marriage, she worked for Ma Bell for several years, where she met lifelong friends. She also was the dispatcher and bookkeeper for her husband's trucking company, State Motor Freight, until they sold the business. Coral had many hobbies. She was an excellent seamstress. She loved her family, traveling, fishing, playing cards, also lunch with the "Lunch Bunch" when in Walla Walla. She was a wonderful cook, always had a garden and preserved all the produce she could. You never saw her at home without an apron. She and Bill spent many winters in Yuma and had many friends there.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; children, Tom (Callie) Gies of Pasco, Donna (Tom) Richwine of Pasco, Billy (Yolanda) Gies of Walla Walla, Bob (Amy) Gies of High Point, N.C., and Dave (Rosie) Gies of Walla Walla; sisters, Joyce (Bill) Powers of Seattle, Patricia Stone of Kennewick, Dolores Stordahl of Richland, Crystal (Art) Krebs of Walla Walla; brother, Bill (Sharon) Bennett of Newcastle, Wash.; and sister-in-law, Geraldine (Jozsef) Papp of Walla Walla. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Bill and Mollie Gies; son-in-law, John Seeliger; sister, Mariann Pfaffle; brothers-in-law, Lawrence (Pete) Pfaffle, Charles Stone, Wesley Stordahl, and James and wife Judy Gies.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. The funeral service will be held at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Bob McCoy officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of donor's choice through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.