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In Memoriam -- Shirley Corey (wife of Jack Corey)

August 2, 1923 – February 2, 2011
 
Shirley June (Hamilton) Corey, age 87, died at Sharp Memorial Hospital, in San Diego, California on February 2, 2011, due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis.

Born October 2, 1923 on the family farm in Pecatonica, Illinois to June (Doty) Hamilton and Wilbur Hamilton.  She graduated from Pecatonica High School in 1940 and attended the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) from 1941-43.

On September 15, 1945 she married John “Jack” Corey, who at the time was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Shirley lived with Jack in New York city area immediately following WWII, while Jack attended graduate school in Manhattan.  They moved to San Diego in 1950, and then to Sacramento in 1955.  Shirley graduated from Sacramento State college in 1963 with a degree in elementary school education.  She served as a substitute teacher between 1963 and 1968.

In 1968, Shirley and Jack moved to Ankara, Turkey to serve in the Peace Corps.  During this period of her life she traveled throughout Europe, Russia and Turkey.  They returned to Washington, DC in 1971, and then, in 1972 moved to downtown Philadelphia.  In 1981, Shirley and Jack retired to Kings Beach (Lake Tahoe), California, where they lived for 14 summers, while wintering in Rockford, Illinois.  In 1996 they returned to San Diego on a year-round basis.

Shirley was a member of various cancer prevention and cure organizations over 30 years.

Shirley will be especially remembered for her ability to say “just the right thing” to make you feel good during times of trouble; and, of course, she will be remembered for her extraordinary gift of hospitality.  She was a confidante to many; always full of good cheer, sharp observations, and love.

                                                      --- submitted by her son, Stephen