1920 — 2018
Longtime beloved Cathlamet resident Coral Eva Linquist, 97, passed away Nov. 26, 2018, at The Villager Inn Retirement Center.
She was born Dec. 25, 1920, to Avery Swink and Coral Jennings. Her mom died when she was just a few days old and she was raised by her mom’s sister and brother-in-law, Kate and Joe Jennings in Skamokawa, Wash. She graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 1940.
Coral married Jack Linquist on May 25, 1940. She did her part during World War II working on a production line while Jack went into the Navy.
She was known for her love of God, fierce love of family, being the neighborhood mom, and her gift of hospitality. Coral visited those who lived alone, or just felt alone, bringing gifts of food and the joy of company. She did this even in her nineties and walked three miles a day.
She liked pinochle and was a Wahkiakum Mule (Jack named the team), Mariner, and WSU Cougar fan. Coral was a member of the United Church of Christ, taught Sunday school, was part of their woman’s club, and a member of the Elochoman Grange.
Coral is survived by two sons and three daughters-in-law, Carl and Ruth Linquist of Longview, Bruce and Nikki Linquist of Anchorage, Alaska, and Bonnie Linquist of Grays River; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Linquist on March 10, 2008; two sons, Mark Linquist on Dec. 28, 2006, and an infant, Mark; and a sister, Ester Phillips.
A funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday at Dowling Funeral Home in Cathlamet, with a viewing from noon to service time. Private family burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Cathlamet.
Contributions in memory of Coral Eva Linquist may be made to The Villager, P.O. Box 98, Castle Rock, WA 98611.