Woodward, Okla. — KORAL KAY COFFMAN MOYE
JUNE 29TH, 1934-
APRIL 22, 2013
On June 29th, 1934, at the height of the Great Depression, in the heart of dustbowl country, William Ezra Coffman and Ethel Virginia Richardson Coffman welcomed the birth of their eighth child and sixth daughter to their home in Gage, Oklahoma. They named her Coral Cay, a name that would go through several evolutions in her lifetime, the first occurring in elementary school when, for reasons lost to time, she became Koral Kay.
They moved to a farm seven miles north of Gage when she was a small girl. In an interview in 2006 she described her childhood home as a wonderful playground with ditches to jump, hills to climb, dirt to play in and trees to climb. The history of the era records a time of crippling drought, blinding dirt storms and life threatening “dust pneumonia”, but Koral’s mind amplified the good times and she described having a multitude of barnyard pets, playing with her siblings with tires and in rusted car shells and rolling each other down barren rocky hillsides in an old barrel. About this time her name evolved one more time from Koral to “Corky”, a nickname that reflected her carefree, energetic spirit.
The school years presented another pivotal event into Corky’s life, the introduction of a neighbor boy, Robert “Bob” Moyer. Though only her senior by four years, as a teenager, Bob was entrusted to drive the school bus. When the ornery boys on the bus would tug on Corky’s braids, Bob would come to her rescue. She graduated valedictorian of the Gage High School class in 1952, and completed a semester at Oklahoma State University. However, Koral’s heart must not have strayed far from her school bus driver because on April 8, 1953 her name evolved one more time and she became Koral Kay Moyer when she married Robert George Moyer at the Methodist Church in Woodward, Oklahoma.