Dona Lee Corey, 85, died March 12, 2014, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska, with her family by her side.
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At her request, there will be no service; however, the family plans a pot luck celebration-of-life at the Palmer Elks Lodge on March 29 at 3:00 p.m. No flowers are requested but friends may give a donation to the Palmer Senior Center (1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer, Alaska 99645) or to a
. Her ashes will be scattered in the woods at the family home.
She was born December 11, 1928, in Canon City, Colorado, to Henry and Hattie Koerner. In 1944 she moved with her family to Eagle, Colorado, where she graduated from high school in May 1946. She attended Blair Business College in Colorado Springs, graduating with a Certificate in Secretarial Studies in 1947. Following graduation Dona worked as Secretary to the Office Manager at the Colorado Springs Regional Office of the Farmers Insurance Group, transferring to Farmers Home Office in Los Angeles in 1955. While living in Los Angel es, she married Donald R. Corey on Novem ber 21, 1956. They moved to Redondo Beach, Califor nia, and then spent a year in both Japan and Bolivia where Don was employed with the Federal Govern ment. In 1968, the family moved to Alaska, living in Eagle River and then buying a home in the Butte area. Dona graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education. She taught clerical courses at Mat-Su Community College during the mid-70s and at Anchorage Community College during the mid-80s. Dona was involved with Valley Per form ing Arts, costarring in at least 10 productions. Her favorite roles were the Wigmaker in "Rosho mon" and Veda Louise in "Harvey." She was one of the founding mothers of the Valley Women's Re source Center and served on its board of directors for several years. She also served on the board of directors for the Mat-Su Council on Alcoholism. In 1989 she became an instructor for the AARP Driver Safety Program. She spent a year as the program's Chief Trainer and six and a half years as the State Coordinator. She continued to volunteer as the telephone coordinator for the program. Dona loved to read, completing several books a week. She was a crossword puzzle addict and enjoyed playing cards with friends. She adored her grandson and always enjoyed his good company.
Dona is survived by Donald, her husband of 58 years of Palmer, Alaska; by son Max R. Corey of Marcellus, Michigan; and by daughter Maryann E. DePriest; son-in-law Gerry W. DePriest; and grandson Kaleb S. DePriest, all of Palmer, Alaska. She also has family in New York and Colorado.
Published in Finger Lakes Times from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2014