Lucy M. CorkerJuly 21,2014
Lucy M. Corker
Lucy M. Corker
MONTPELIER — Lucy Martha Corker died on July 16, 2014, in Florence, Massachusetts, at the home of her niece, Marylynn Salmon, with whom she had lived for several years. The cause was a stroke.
Lucy was born on May 31, 1917, the eldest of six children of Bernice Whitcomb Corker and Mahlon H. Corker of Fullerton Avenue (now Monsignor Crosby Avenue) in Montpelier. She is survived by her brother, Philip Corker, of Clinton, Massachusetts, many nieces and nephews, and their children and grandchildren. Her brothers, Mahlon and Lyman Corker, and sisters, Ruth Corker and Mary Salmon, predeceased her.
Lucy graduated from St. Michael’s High School in 1935 and Goddard Junior College in Barre in 1937. Trained as a primary school teacher, she was unable to find a position because of the poor economic times. Lucy began to work as a nanny and soon found that she loved taking care of very young children. She lived over the next decade with several families in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New Haven and Concord, Massachusetts. Lucy then returned to Montpelier where she worked as a clerk in the investment division at the National Life Insurance Co. until her retirement.
Her appetite for travel had been whetted by her time on the west coast and in the upper south, and so Lucy became an avid explorer of the United States, Canada and Mexico. She tried to take a trip every year, but Vermont held first place in her heart. She was a great hiker who walked the hills and valleys of the Barre-Montpelier area from early spring until the winter weather forced her inside to spend her time on reading (especially murder mysteries) and crafts. Lucy was a skilled knitter whose hats and mittens always sold quickly at church fairs, and each Easter her handmade sugar eggs containing tiny scenes depicting the joys of spring brought pleasure to the young and young at heart. She was a communicant of St. Augustine Church, where she volunteered in a variety of capacities, perhaps most memorably as the coordinator of church coffees following Sunday Mass. She ran a tight kitchen and her co-workers appreciated her organization and energy.
Lucy was known throughout her life as a generous woman who was adept at making and keeping friends. A devoted correspondent by letter and email, this year she made over 50 Easter cards to send to family and friends, all containing a personal message or letter. She will be sorely missed by the many people who loved and admired her kind heart, loyalty and practical good sense.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 16 Barre St., Montpelier, Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. with burial in Berlin Corner Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Donations in Lucy’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
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