Born October 15, 1943 to Wayne and Eunice (Wilcox) Mynatt of Springfield, Missouri, they were proud to welcome their first child into the world, Coralee Frances Mynatt. At age 16, Coralee, her parents, and the addition of two brothers, relocated to Nixa, Missouri.
While attending Nixa High School, she met the love of her life, Eddie Lee Patrick. Their love was so evident, their high school yearbook crowned them, " Most Romantic Couple" of 1961. Two years after their graduation, the love birds were married in 1963 and began their life together in a little house on Belmont Street in Springfield. 1970 brought along a blue-eyed baby boy, Michael. Needing more living space, they built a new home back in Nixa where she resided for the remainder of her life.
Coralee's name can't be mentioned without a few things coming to mind: her love of family, an unstoppable work ethic, great hunter and repairer of all items considered antique, legendary cooking, and masterful quilts.
Her work career began at an early age working in the family business, a legendary Springfield restaurant, Coleys, which was famous for the secret family chili recipe. After graduation she attended SMS and then began working in the insurance field.
In 1977 she began a 30 year career as City Clerk and Finance Director for the City of Nixa. Her dedication and hard work certainly helped the unprecedented growth of Nixa. In 1999, she became President of the Missouri Municipal League of City Clerks. Her tireless work earned her several awards including being named the State of Missouri City Clerks & Finance Officers "Outstanding Clerk of the Year" award for 2001. In 2002 the Missouri House of Representatives issued her a special proclamation recognizing her many years of tireless work for the City of Nixa and the State of Missouri.
In her free time, Coralee and Ed shopped many flea markets and attended auctions to find their next household treasure. During her lifetime, they amassed impressive collections of glassware, dishes and furniture that filled their home. Already a master of needlework in her 30's, she began constructing quilts. She considered it a privilege and labor of love to create a special quilt for precious family members and special friends. Each one was a unique work of art and each stitch done with great pride and affection.
Coralee nourished and loved fiercely all those who she considered "hers". No baby was immune from her gentle touch and sweet spirit. She volunteered many years in the Nixa First Baptist Church Nursery. Her famous pies will be forever missed, but thankfully she gently taught next generations how to hold their own in the kitchen.
March 6, 2020, the Lord decided he needed this special lady in Heaven. Coralee left her mortal life to join missed loved ones waiting for her in her celestial home, including her parents, brother Jim Mynatt, and nephew Scott Mynatt. Surviving her is: her husband of 56 years, Ed Patrick, of Nixa; her devoted son, Mike Patrick of Branson; brother Richard Mynatt (wife Dian), of Indiana; niece Jeni Miller (husband Dean), of Nixa; niece Julie Desper (husband Chris) of Indiana; nephew David Mynatt (wife Logan), of Indiana; nephew Carter Mynatt (wife Rydell), of Springfield; nephew Jake Mynatt, of Nixa; Aunt Erma Stockman, of Texas; and many beloved great nieces and nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, March 9, 4pm - 8pm at Adams Funeral Home in Nixa. Coralee loved so many people and the family looks forward to greeting and visiting with all. A private burial ceremony will be held at a later date in Delaware Cemetery in Nixa.