Mary Corlett

Posted Online: March 17, 2014, 8:49 pm
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Mary E. Corlett, 71, of Viola, died Monday, March 17, 2014, at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo.
Per her wishes, Mary donated her body to science; she wanted to help others learn and in return teach. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left for the American Diabetes Association.
Mary Elizabeth Smith was born on Nov. 27, 1942, in Davenport, a daughter of Harold Sr. and Rosemary Crowl Smith. She attended school in Davenport and graduated from Davenport West in 1961. Later that year, on Dec. 10, 1961, she married Robert Corlett and spent the next 52 years together.
Mary worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for five years until it was time to raise their three children, Harold, Brenda and Wayne, full time. Mary also found time to be a Cub Scout leader and softball coach. She attended any sport the kids or grandchildren participated in. Many times she and Bob attended multiple games in the same day and seven days wasn't out of the question.
The family loved camping, dancing, cards, traveling, water skiing, and church — anything they could do together. Mary enjoyed having and attending yard sales, organizing family trees, scrapbooking, decorating, cooking and just being with family and friends. She loved their new home with the tree farm, wildlife, etc.
Mary especially loved the church, and they attended whenever possible. She was very active in the Southern Baptist Church, Colona, and later Village Baptist Church, Alexis. Over the years, she had served on many committees and was a Sunday school teacher for more than 30 years.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Robert Corlett, Viola; children, Harold Corlett, Viola, Brenda (Mark) Chaney, Virginia, and Wayne (Becky) Corlett, Viola; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Harold Smith Jr., Viola, Sonja (Ken) Holybee, California; and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
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