Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. She was very loved and will be greatly missed.
Edward and Rebecca Penna
Wilfred and all the family,
I am so sorry to have missed Corel's service today. I didn't learn of her passing until I got home from work this evening.
I am sure she will be greatly missed, and am praying for the Lord's comfort and peace to surround all of you. I sent the notice out to all of the Hampton family e-mail addresses that I have.
Hi, I thought I'd share the eulogy from Mom's memorial service. x
We are gathered here today in the memory of my mother, Corel Landry so that together we may acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain that her passing brings. In sharing the joy and the pain together today, may we lessen the pain and remember more clearly the joy.
Corel Landry was 71 when she passed away last Thursday May 23rd at Salem Hospital. It was such an honor to be with her in her final days and at her side along with all my siblings and my dad, and my mom’s sisters when she died. We got to say good-bye and tell her again how much we all loved her.
She will be remembered for her relentless care and kindness for others, her genuine sense of humor, her excellent cooking, and her intuitive connection with the spiritual realm.
Corel was a passionate, creative, resourceful, irreverent, funny, stubborn old soul with an open heart. She was deeply loved by her family and everyone who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.
The youngest of eight children, Corel was born December 12th, 1947 in Gates, Oregon to parents Elizabeth and Warner Hampton. She grew up in Gates with her family who farmed Christmas trees and raised French Alpine goats.
She attended Santiam Highschool, where as a freshman, she was a princess on the court for the sweetheart’s ball. Mom used to light up when she talked about how she had handmade her own gown for the dance. She was very skilled in sewing, among many other things, and made lots of her own clothes in those days.
I remember her making matching dresses for my sisters and I for a wedding we attended when we were young all in different pastel colors. Mine was peach.
Mom was very creative and resourceful, and she loved to decorate for holidays and birthdays. Over the years she made us many great Halloween costumes that almost always won 1st place in the contests at school.
My parents got married in 1971, and together they raised a family of 12 children. My mom loved my dad so much. She showed me what a loving marriage was all about. When I was a kid, she would tell me how she still got butterflies in her stomach when my dad came home from work. I have many fond memories of my mom and dad together, slow dancing in the kitchen, and the sweet way she went about giving him pedicures and haircuts.
She took pride in taking care of him, and the love they shared together was the foundation for the love they gave us, and I am so grateful for it.
She was an incredibly loving mother and her family meant absolutely everything to her. Mom worked very hard at making a comfortable home for us. She was always rearranging the furniture, repainting the walls or adding new wallpaper, and curtains, picking bouquets of flowers for the dinner table, and draping crocheted blankets on the sofas to make things a little cozier.
And she was always cleaning, usually with the radio on, singing along as she worked. She was especially concerned with keeping the floor clean (for the babies). To this day the smell of pinesol always brings me back to my childhood.
She was a great cook and one of the things that she was especially skilled at was baking. She made beautiful bread, pies, and cinnamon rolls, which she made with love.
Our home was always open, and even with the huge responsibility of caring for all of us kids, mom always made room for our friends at the dinner table and welcomed more than a few of our friends who were having trouble and needed a place to stay.
She was also a lot of fun. In the summertime sometimes she would create these movie nights where she would rent a VCR and videos and make popcorn. Sometimes she would even prop up the television in the window so that we could watch while we camped outside in the yard. She liked scary movies! I’m pretty sure at least some of us were too young for the level of scariness that we saw. But what I remember most is us all huddled together scared out of our minds and loving every minute of it.
Mom’s proudest achievement, all of us kids, was also her greatest gift to us, she gave us each other. She took comfort in knowing that we would have each other to lean on as we go about trying to navigate this world without her. She meant everything to us, and we will miss her every day for the rest of our lives.