Coramae (Koco) Hoffer Hulse was born May 18, 1919 to A. Clyde and Stella I. (Dunagan) Hoffer along with her “womb mate” Carmagene in Richfield, CA.
We used to tease her that the eruption of Mt. St. Helens was in celebration of her birthday. Living in Oregon most of their younger years, she and her twin (Corky and Kit) were inseparable, sharing experiences like the Great Depression, a man walking on the moon, working in the hops fields in the summer, attending Pasadena College in California and four years of Nurses Training in The Dalles. The family Clyde, Stella, Ila, Carmagene and Coramae sang at Church, many Evangelistic Camp meetings and the girls sang on the radio while living in Salem, OR.
She and her sister always knew they wanted to be nurses. During World War II President Roosevelt created the Cadet Corp, requiring the twins to work at the State Mental Hospital in Salem, Oregon. After graduation, Coramae married Paul Hulse March 31, 1946. He was mustered out of the Army and they settled at the ranch on Tygh Ridge until moving to the Dufur Valley in 1960. On the ranch, she learned to drive by operating a wheat truck. She cooked for the hired men, sewed, canned and maintained beautiful flowers in her green yard.
Utmost in her life were her family and her absolute faith in God. Raised as a Nazarene, she continued her service at the Dufur Christian Church. She taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, was a Deaconess, sang many solos, duets and sang alto in the Choir. She made cookies, pies and candy for every occasion.
She was an artist, like her father, painting in many mediums, watercolor, oil and tole painting. She was the first R.N. on duty when Dufur formed an Ambulance crew. She earned a 10-year pin for her participation in Blood Drawings.
She never preached to people about religion. She shared her message by the way she lived her life. She shared God by example and her faith was complete. She had an extremely positive attitude, expected the best out of life and rolled with the punches, knowing things would work out. She was always laughing and coming up with one-liners. “That’s about as funny as a screen door in a submarine!”
Those who traveled to Heaven before her were her “one and only true love” husband Paul T. Hulse, her parents, twin sister Carmagene Hoffer Kriz, older sister Ila (Toby) Hoffer Dexter and husband Orwin (Bud) Dexter, sister-in-law Roseanna MacNab McCullough Hulse, Janet Hulse Collins Chamberlain, nephew Richard Collins.
Those left behind with many wonderful memories are her children Michael P. Hulse (special friend Becky Woods), Carmagene L. Hulse (Donald) Uhalde. Grandchildren Chelsie L. Hulse (Charlie) Gibson, Taylor M. (Rebecca) Hulse, Joshua D. (Vanessa) Uhalde, Jordan L. Uhalde (Alan) Yanez, Latitia Dousay Hernandez (Devon and Skylar). Great Grandchildren Clayton M. Gibson, Chloe T. Gibson, Connor E. Uhalde, Aleksei R. Uhalde, Madigan L. Yanez, Adrian C.J. Yanez. Nieces and Nephews Dana Dexter Sterling, Lynne Dexter (Terry) Carver, Davey (Vera) Hulse (Darah), Mary Ann Hulse (Doug) Brown, Howard (Dayna) Collins Melissa, Amy, Scott (Becca) Collins, Shirlee Jan Collins, Florence Karp Collins, Cara Collins Blanco, Devyn Collins Turley. Brother-in-laws William L. Hulse, Tom Chamberlain. Lifelong friends Dorothy DePriest and family, Lucille (Lucybelle) Stephens, Evelyn Gibbs, Avis Hunt and F. Masil Hulse. Extended family Debbie Hulse, Russ Harrington, Michelle Harrington Katie (Amelio) Harrington (Aimia and Alan), Michael Harrington, Rick (Bobbi) Harrington (Samantha and Taeton).
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Dufur Historical Society. Alzheimer’s is a most cruel and emotionally painful experience for the patient and their loved ones.
The family would like to extend our appreciation and blessings to the entire staff at Flagstone. The love and comfort they provided made Mom feel safe, loved and content. Also, thank you to MCMC 4th floor staff. You went the extra mile to see that Mom was comfortable and free of pain.
To our sweet Mom “Ich liebe dich,” “Le gra go deo.”
Services will be held Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the large tent at the Dufur Threshing Bee. Casual wear is suggested.
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