Harriet Coggeshall Obituary

Harriet  Coggeshall
Harriet Coggeshall
Harriet Coggeshall

December 16, 1915 - March 4, 2009
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Harriet Lou Schmidt Coggeshall died peacefully on March 4, 2009 at Scottish Rite Park. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Iles Funeral Homes-Dunn's Chapel 2121 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

Harriet was born on December 16, 1915 to Gertrude and Ferdinand Schmidt. She attended Andrebrook School in Tarrytown, New York, and graduated from Grinnell College. She was a dedicated mother and community volunteer. Her lifelong interest in the arts included many years as a docent at the Des Moines Art Center and Salisbury House. Harriet attended advanced short fiction classes at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival well into her 80's, honing her love of short story writing. She also attended many watercolor and painting classes throughout the years, sharing her work with family and friends. These stories and paintings reflected the exceptionally creative and imaginative person she was. Harriet served as president of the Callanan PTA and on the board of the YWCA and Council for International Understanding. She was a Child Guidance Center, Art Center and CASA volunteer. She served on the member's council at the Des Moines Art Center. She was a member of Plymouth United Church of Christ, Wakonda Club and the Junior League of Des Moines.

Harriet enjoyed gardening, all literature and her long time book club, discussing current affairs and travel. She loved riding horses including being the first woman to win the "Brown Derby" horse race at Grinnell College. Her friends and family will enjoy recalling the many "Jazzy" stories that usually involved her bright, humorous and unconventional introductions and slant on situations. There was always laughter in her company.

Harriet is survived by her children, Harris F. (Susan) Coggeshall and Cynde Coggeshall (William) Fanter of Des Moines; her four grandchildren, Richard Harris Coggeshall, Christopher Harris Coggeshall, William Harris Fanter and Thomas William Fanter; and her seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Harris Marquardt Coggeshall; her parents; and brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Des Moines Art Center.





Memorial Service
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, April 4, 2009
1:00 PM