Corinne Les Callette (1930 - 2012)

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Corinne S. Les Callette

Salisbury—Corinne S. Les Callette, 81, of Salisbury died on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Wicomico Nursing Home. She was born in Baltimore on December 20, 1930 to the late Samuel Biggs and Corinne Troy Schofield.

She grew up in Westminster Maryland and graduated from Westminster High School. During the summertime of the high school years, she worked at Western Maryland College cleaning dorm rooms and changing beds for numerous conferences.

Following graduation from Western Maryland College she worked for the C & P Telephone Company in Baltimore Maryland as a Service Representative, Supervisor and then a Training Supervisor. She then transferred to Frederick Maryland with C & P as a Supervisor for one year.

She married in 1955 at Western Maryland College in the Little Baker Chapel. The big move to the Eastern Shore came in 1959 as her husband, Millard was offered a teaching job at Salisbury State Teachers College. She continued working for C & P Telephone once settled in Salisbury.

She took time off from work to become a stay at home mom for her three children born; Patrick in 1959, Kevin in 1961, and Jennifer in 1966. While considered a "stay at home" mom, she really didn't stay home. She became very active in many parts of our community.

She was active in her church, Bethesda United Methodist Church, serving in the Choir, Altar Guild, Administrative Board, Pastor Parish Relations Committee, Trustees, Delegate to the Annual Conference and continues to serve as Bethesda's Worship Committee Chairman.

She was a Den Leader (actually called Den Mother in those days) for the Boy Scouts of America and also later served as District Membership Chair and on the Nominating Committee for the local Tri-County District.

She served on the Wicomico Historical Society, the Worcester County Historical Society, the Dorchester County Historical Society, the Lower Shore Chapter of the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and the United Way. She also served on the Wicomico County Triad SALT Council with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Department and Salisbury City Police Department. She is a member of the Democratic Club of Wicomico County. She was active with the Exchange Club of Salisbury.

She served as a member of the Wicomico County Board of Education from 1978 to 1988. While on this Board she served as Vice President, Superintendent Search Committee Chairman; the Vo-Tech Advisory Board; Guidance Advisory Committee; School Facilities Committee; and the State Committee for Selection of Maryland Teacher of the Year. A shining memory of being on this board was the fact that she was able to present the High School Diploma to each of her three children upon their graduation from James M. Bennett High School.

She has worked on the Wicomico County Board of Elections as a part time clerical staff member. She also served as a Chief Judge for District 13-1.

She worked at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University as a receptionist. She loved spending time helping visitors manage their way in the center and would tell you that there is no better place to learn about local history than at the Nabb Center.

She was the recipient of the District Award of Merit from the Tri-County District Boy Scouts of America in 1990, Exchange Club Merit Award in 1991, Maryland Citizen Planners Association Outstanding Service Award in 2003, and the Alumni Community Service Award from McDaniel College (formerly known as Western Maryland College) in 2006.

She served on the Salisbury Wicomico County Planning and Zoning Commission from 1978 to 2010, a commission near and dear to her heart. The desire to keep Salisbury and Wicomico County a better place to live and work are what motivated her to make some tough decisions.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Millard G. Les Callette.

Corinne is survived by three children; Pat Les Callette and his wife Joan of Salisbury, Kevin Les Callette of Salisbury and Jenny Deshon and her husband Brian of Nicholson, GA, three grandchildren; Erika, Samantha and Kyle, one great-grandson; Malik.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Bethesda United Methodist Church, Salisbury. A visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Friday, October 26, 2012 at Holloway Funeral Home, Salisbury as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Bethesda United Methodist Church Chancel Choir Fund, 406 N. Division Street, Salisbury, MD 21801 or Les Callette Civil War Room in the Blackwell Library, c/o Salisbury University Foundation, P.O. Box 2655, Salisbury, MD 21802.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. To send condolences to the family, please visit


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Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 25, 2012
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