Coral Jan “Skipper” Scroggins

November 11, 1926 - January 12, 2021

Posted 1/14/21

Coral Jan “Skipper” Scroggins of Katy, Texas passed away on January 12, 2021, at the age of 94.  Coincidentally, January 12 was her father’s birthday. She was preceded in death …

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Coral Jan “Skipper” Scroggins

November 11, 1926 - January 12, 2021


Coral Jan “Skipper” Scroggins of Katy, Texas passed away on January 12, 2021, at the age of 94.  Coincidentally, January 12 was her father’s birthday. She was preceded in death by her parents Robbie Louise and Percy Harold Yolland, son Van Edward Scroggins in 1976, daughter-in-law Dorothy Jordens Scroggins Mahler in 1983 and husband Van E. Scroggins in 1999.

She is survived by her daughter Robbie Lynn Scroggins Yarbrough of Katy; grandchildren Kyle Yarbrough and wife Amanda of Leander; Rebecca Yarbrough Abbate and husband Christian of Katy; Jana Yarbrough Ludeke and husband Joshua of Bellville; Stacie Scroggins Schnabel and husband Darren of Argyle; and Jorden Mahler and wife Stephanie of New Braunfels.  She is also survived by great-grandchildren Collier Yarbrough; Jacob and Joshua Abbate; Adleigh and Rylee Ludeke; Hailey, Jenna and Reed Schnabel; and Ella and Easton Mahler.

Skipper was born on November 11, 1926 in Houston, Texas. Her father worked for Humble Pipeline Co., and in 1928, her family moved to Ingleside, Texas when he was transferred.  At the age of 16, Skipper graduated from Ingleside High School.  It was interesting to hear stories about her antics and adventures growing up as an only child on a Humble Pipeline Tank Farm and during the early years of WWII.

After high school graduation, Skipper attended the University of Texas in Austin.  During this time, her father was transferred back to Houston.  Skipper graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1947, and she moved to live with her parents in Webster and drove to her job at Humble Pipeline in downtown Houston where she worked for exactly one year to the day before she quit to get married.  Her parents encouraged her to stop working earlier as she was stressed with wedding activities, but she wanted to reach her 1-year work anniversary so she would receive her paid vacation.

Skipper’s and Van’s families became friends in Webster before the two of them ever met—she was away at college and he was in the Army Air Corp as a pilot in the Pacific Theater during WWII.  Once they were introduced when he returned from overseas, they began dating and became engaged.  On March 6, 1948, they married in Saint Paul’s Methodist Church in Houston, and six weeks later, they moved to Katy after purchasing the local feed store from the late Ruby and L.D. Robinson.  Soon the name was changed to Katy Feed & Supply, and Skipper helped run the store until the business closed in 1981.  She was also Van’s support system when in the fall of 1948 he began soliciting aerial application work for the Katy area rice farmers, which grew and developed into Katy Dusting Company.  In addition, Skipper and Van owned and ran Sigma Chemical Company until 1981, and they had the local Mobil Distributorship from 1968 until 1983.  They also became very involved in cattle ranching.  

Skipper was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Katy, especially in her young adult years.  She served on numerous committees and taught Sunday School and VBS.  In addition, she was a very involved mother while her children were in school.  She was a room mother for 16 consecutive years, and she also substitute taught in a variety of positions and grades.  Van Edward’s and Robbie’s friends knew the door was always open to them at the Scroggins’ home, and it was the location of many parties and get-togethers both small and large for kids and adults.

Skipper was also a member of various local organizations and clubs.  She remained a member of the Twentieth Century Club from 1948 until her death and held several offices, was a charter member and was active with the Katy Hospital Volunteers for many years, and served as a director and president of the Katy Social Services Board.

Skipper and Van had their first child Van Edward in 1950, and he married Dorothy Jordens in 1971.  Their first grandchild Stacie Michelle was born in 1974.  Van Edward died tragically in an airplane accident in April 1976, and “Dot” passed away in 1983 from cancer.  Robbie Lynn was born in 1953, and she and her husband had three children—Kyle, Becca and Jana.  Skipper considered herself blessed to be “MeMaw” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She attended every event and activity they were involved in as often as she could, despite the fact in later years it was more difficult for her.  She is remembered lovingly for her strength, determination, and most importantly, her sense of humor, wit and faith.  Many funny stories and memories have been retold and relived over the years, and “MeMaw” is the main character in them!  She will be missed by many, but she leaves a legacy of love and wonderful memories that will live on through her family and friends.

The family will receive guests from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Grand Parkway Chapel, 1344 W. Grand Parkway South, Katy, 77494, where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021, with Rev. Mark Kimbrough officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.

Pallbearers are Kyle Yarbrough, Jorden Mahler, Christian Abbate, Joshua Ludeke, Darren Schnabel, Bill Mahler, Dean Williams and Scooter McMeans.  Honorary pallbearer is Melvin Jordan.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Texas A&M University Van Edward Scroggins Memorial Scholarship, c/o Schmidt Funeral Home, 1344 W. Grand Parkway South, Katy, Texas 77494.

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Funeral services held under the direction of:

Schmidt Funeral Home
1344 W. Grand Parkway South
Katy, Texas  77494
(281) 391-2424