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Mary E. Corry

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Mary E. Corry

Mary E. Corry

Mary E. Corry died on Nov. 24, 2016, at Friends Care Center, surrounded by her family, at the age of 101.

Mary was born on April 6, 1915, in Greene County, in a log cabin on Armstrong Road, to Maude and Fred Johnston of Yellow Springs. She graduated from Bryan High School in 1934 and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Cedarville College in 1939. Mary was a 62-year resident of Yellow Springs where she grew up and retired from the Yellow Springs school system after 19 years, teaching at Mills Lawn Elementary and Morgan Middle School. 

Mary was a member of the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church as well as being a part of the Antioch Aldora Chapter 262 of Eastern Star, YS Senior Citizens, life member of Ohio Retired Teachers Association of Greene County, YS Historical Society and retired member of the Shakespeare Club. She was an avid reader and story teller. She enjoyed crocheting afghans for her family and was truly a patient and kind woman who was loved by all. 

Mary was preceded in death by her three brothers, Dick, George and Charles Johnston; her son, Kenneth; and a daughter, Martha. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane (William) Short, of Yellow Springs; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends may gather on Friday, Dec. 2, 9:30–10:30 a.m. at Yellow Springs United Methodist Church, with a celebration of Mary’s life beginning at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials contributions to be made to the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church, 202 S. Winter St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Online condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting http://www.jacksonlytle.com.

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2 Responses to “Mary E. Corry”

  1. Lisa Palmer says:

    Mrs. Corry was a treasure. I can’t tell you how often I’ve thought of her since she taught me at John Bryan when I was in 6th grade (though my homeroom was with Mr. Evans). She was such an inspiration to me with her commanding presence and the way she valued every child standing before her – you just got the sense she was seeing right into you and pulling the best up from your eager-to-please youthful energy. I loved her dresses (so found the like in local second-hand stores many years later), her smile, her glasses, her great spirit and focus — and have never forgotten – nor disbelieved one iota – her adamant assertion that when she was a child the sky had been much bluer. I wish I’d known she was at Friend’s Care Center, I’d’ve so enjoyed telling her all these things myself! I feel certain she is part of who I am now, and has been with me all along, as all great teachers (and Yellow Springs has had so many!!) seem able to be. Equally special to me was her having been so clearly and remarkably a conduit for local history throughout her entire lifespan in the community. Let us always celebrate those who carry our collective history forward with warmth, description, and affection. Wow, so glad to have met her.

  2. Chris Rainey says:

    When I got my first teaching assignment at Morgan Middle school in 1973, Mary Corry was one of my mentors. She helped guide and mold me into the person/teacher I became. She was an energetic, bright and caring soul.

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