Republic - Carol Elizabeth (DeWitt) Coggin was born in Billings, Missouri on November 20, 1924 to Bruce T. and Thirza (Garbee) DeWitt and departed this life peacefully on January 13, 2021. The gift of song- music can inspire us all. One doesn't have to be a singer or play an instrument to enjoy the enriching spirit that music brings to anyone. Carol was all about music. Carol (Bib, Biddie) was an accomplished pianist and organist, having served at Hood United Methodist Church for a lifetime, beginning at age ten. She was twelve when she gave her first piano lesson to Ruby Mae Brown. Over the years she gave piano lessons to hundreds of students in the Republic area, sharing her God given talent and enjoyed each lesson. In her later years, whenever her family accompanied her to various places, they would always meet someone who had taken piano lessons from her.
When it came to the piano, Carol was very particular; she practiced every day of her life up until just the last few weeks when her health would not permit her to do so. Carol attended Republic Schools and was Valedictorian of her graduating class. She won the state typing contest and enjoyed playing the drums. After graduation she attended Drury College and later was employed at O'Reilly Hospital. Bib met the love of her life, Herbert Coggin, when she was a young girl. They were married on February 27, 1945 and celebrated almost 76 years of marriage. During their early years of marriage, they traveled from Boston to San Francisco while Herb was in the Navy. After WWII ended, Herbert and Carol lived on the family farm until 1964 when they built their home in Republic, where they made a lifetime of special memories. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, one sister and her beloved son, Randy. She is survived by her husband Herbert Coggin; sons Stan (Cathie) Coggin, Brad (Susan) Coggin and daughter Marti (Randy) Towe, brother Porter (Brenta) DeWitt, grandchildren; Seth (Stacey) Coggin, Zac (Heather) Coggin, Trevor (Laine) Towe, Beth (Jacob) Nelson, Blake (Morgan) Towe, Daron Coggin, Quentin Coggin, Caleb Towe, fifteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
An open Visitation (family will not be in attendance) has been scheduled for Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Missouri. Funeral Services will be Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:00 am in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Missouri with burial to follow in Yeakley Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.
Published in News-Leader from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021.