Some very sad news!
Melody Sue Corey, 62, of Falls Church, Virginia, left earthly life, January 30, 2008, after waging a six-year battle with cancer. Sue volunteered for Secretary position of the society during our Washington D.C. meeting in 2006.
Sue was born, February 14, 1945, in Daggett, Michigan, the second of five daughters, born to H. Kenneth and Mildred E. Corey of Stephenson, Michigan. She graduated from Stephenson High School in 1963, and went on to Michigan State University where she received a bachelor's degree in political science. Sue and Gideon Leiphart of Daggett were married August 29, 1966.
Sue began her career as an insurance claims representative in the Lansing, Michigan office of the Social Security Administration. Promoted to Operations Supervisor and then to Hearings Analyst, she transferred to the Social Security Administration office in Santa Monica, California, when her husband was stationed there. Later, she transferred to Falls Church where she used expertise as a paralegal and continued as a Hearings Analyst in the Office of Hearings & Appeals. She spent the remainder of her career in Falls Church, retiring in 2002. Throughout her career she was active in the League of Women Voters.
Sue is survived by her mother, Mildred Corey, Battle Creek; sisters, Judy (Robert) Cappiello, Ovid; June (Jerry) Troyer, Flint: and Jan (Doyle) Arnett, Battle Creek; six nieces and nephews, and 10 great nieces and nephews. Her father, Kenneth Corey, and a sister Lois (Henry) Porras, are deceased. Gideon Leiphart is also deceased. She is survived by many dear friends.
An extraordinarily caring and thoughtful person, Sue's insatiable zest for life, travel, family, sailing, the arts, politics, history, and for making others happy, kept her constantly learning, observing and going above and beyond. She was a talented seamstress, a skill learned as a 4-H'er in her youth and an accomplished sailor, a sport she adopted after moving to the East Coast. In recent years, she had begun exploring a passion for genealogy and was a member of the Cory Family Society, the New England Genealogical Society, and had become an avid genealogist.
As was Sue's request, cremation has taken place. Memorial gatherings to share and reflect on the joy she brought to, and the blessing she was in, so many lives, will be scheduled at a later time.
Gifts to honor her life may be made to the Corey Tribute Fund of the Children's Garden at Michigan State University; to the Corey Tribute Fund of the Leila Arboretum Society, Battle Creek; or to the charity of one's choice. A tribute to Sue has been created at www.suecorey.com . where messages for family and friends may also be placed.
The donor can contact the:
- Michigan 4-H Foundation
4700 S. Hagadorn Rd. Suite 220
East Lansing, MI 48823.
Checks should be made payable to the Michigan 4-H Foundation with a notation to Corey Family Tribute Fund in honor/memory of Melody Sue Corey.
The other fund is the:
- Corey Tribute Fund of the Leila Arboretum Society
928 W. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017.