|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1920|
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 2008|
PEKIN, IL - Julia Elizabeth Corbett, 88, of Portales, N.M., formerly of Pekin, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, in Lubbock, Texas.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today, May 3, 2008, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. Clyde Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery, with Mark Richards, Kim Leverenz, Chet Leamon, Bill Smith, Bill Rice and Jeffery Robertson serving as pallbearers. Dr. Rolando Lindo, Christopher Corbett, Jim Richards, Greg Kelly, the Community Home Care Staff as well as all other family members and friends will be honorary pallbearers.
Due to the fact that Mrs. Corbett was a great lover of animals, the family requests that memorial donations be made to either TAPS in Pekin, Ill., or the ARK in Lacon, Ill.
Julia Elizabeth Corbett was born March 11, 1920, in Lincoln, Ill., to Mary Evadora and Henry D. Morgenthaler. Mrs. Corbett graduated form Lincoln Junior College in Lincoln, Ill., in 1942, with an associate's degree in education.
She taught in a one-room country school in Tazewell County, Ill., from 1941 until 1943.
On May 23, 1942, in New London, Mo., she was married to Fred Corbett. Shortly after her marriage, she took time out from her career to raise a family of five children.
She returned to teaching at South Pekin Grade School in 1964 and taught until her retirement in 1981. She moved to Portales in 1986, to make her home near her daughter.
During World War II, she worked at the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria, Ill., as a "Rosie the Riveter" to help in the war effort.
She was a lifetime member of the AMVETS Auxiliary Post 169 in North Pekin, Ill. Mrs. Corbett was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, Ill., and more recently of the First Presbyterian Church in Portales.
She is survived by two sons, Vernon Corbett and Herb (Kathy) Corbett all of Ray City, Ga.; three daughters, Judie (Kim) Leverenz of Peoria, Ill., Becky (Greg) Kelly of Hillsboro, N.C. and Rose (Mark) Richards of Portales; 11 grandchildren, Aimee (Jason) Brown, Nathan (Michele) Kelly, Erin Kelly, Elizabeth (Chet) Leamon, Joleen Corbett, Christopher Corbett and his fiance, Sally Nguyen, Amelia Corbett, Michele (Jeffery) Robertson, Mary McDaniel, Trisha (Rodolfo) Luna and Stephanie Leverenz; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Herb Morgenthaler; a sister, Dena Orrell; a grandson, Richard H. Corbett; and by her husband, Fred Corbett, who died in 1972.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales, N.M.
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Created by: Jeanette
Record added: May 09, 2008
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