MERCEDES PEARL SCHRADER KOEHLY Mercedes, 77, of Chico, CA passed away on January 29, 2014. Mercie was born on April 16, 1936 in Cookeville, TN to Edward Schrader and Vicie Jane Welch Schrader. Mercie was a warm and generous individual who loved life, her family and friends. Mercie had a special talent for quilting, a pastime that ran in her family through many generations. She often donated her creations to the Trinity UMC Christmas Bazaar, the Sutter Medical Center Quilt Auction to raise money for breast cancer treatment and research programs, and other charities. In addition to her quilting talent, she had many other hobbies, including reading, discussing politics, gardening, and watching baseball - she rarely missed a San Francisco Giants game. Mercie had an adventurous soul, traveling the globe, with a special fondness for Kauai and Italy. She loved being in nature - walking through the peaceful stillness of the Redwoods, listening to the cascading waterfalls in the Feather River Canyon, and watching wildlife from her vacation home at Eagle Lake. Mercie was an active member of P.E.O. International, Chapter LE, a philanthropic educational organization. She served three terms as Chapter President. She developed and nurtured lifelong friendships with her sisters from P.E.O. Mercie was a member of Trinity UMC, Chico, CA, serving as the church secretary and Director of Christian Education for many years. She lived by her own set of high standards and principles, was a role model for others, and instilled similar values in her five children. Mercie was strong minded and outspoken in her beliefs. She would not stand for injustice and was never afraid of a debate. She lived by the Golden Rule. Mercie is survived by her husband of 57 years, Joseph Koehly, four children and six grandchildren all of whom she loved unconditionally and was supremely proud: Karen (children Bianca, Elory, and Ethan), Laura, Melissa (husband Kevin, sons Bradley and Benjamin), and Andrew (wife Ariane, daughter Mia); her sister Myrtle, and countless other family members and friends who brought much fulfillment to her life. She is now reunited with Brad, her eldest son, who left us far too early more than 30 years ago, and her sister Nancy. She will be missed immensely but will continue to be present, in spirit, within those who had the great fortune to be a part of her life, and she of theirs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the
or Save the Redwoods League. A memorial service will be held at Trinity UMC, Chico, CA, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11:00 am. Please visit www.brusiefh.com to leave condolences for the family.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 4, 2014