Corinne DeGarmo

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Corinne A. DeGarmo

Corinne Ann DeGarmo 82, died at UNM Hospital on March 8, 2018 from complications of a heart attack suffered October 16, 2017. Her husband, Glen DeGarmo, was at her bedside. Corinne was born December 17, 1935 in Somerville, NJ. Her parents were Dan Bartland and Naomi Ruth Zaninelli, both first generation Italians. She met her husband at Riverside Community College in Riverside, California in 1955. On December 20, 2017 they had been married 59 years. They were best friends, companions, and they cooperated as a team on several projects pursued during those years. They retired to Albuquerque in 1998. The photo on the left was taken in 1995. The photo on the right was taken on her 80th birthday in 2015.

Their only child, Kenton DeGarmo, died suddenly in Albuquerque on June 23, 2004 at age 48. Her surviving close relatives include her daughter-in-law, Annie Fedora DeGarmo in Albuquerque; two granddaughters, Demi Grey DeGarmo in California, and Kya May DeGarmo in Albuquerque (Corinne was very proud of both young women); a sister, Melanie and husband Terrance O'Hare and their daughter Danielle O'Hare Barbagli in California; and a close cousin, Joseph Panzarella in New Jersey: "He is like a brother I never had!"

Corinne had three careers during her lifetime. She taught college prep, high school English Literature in Riverside, California and in Santa Monica, California. She was an avid reader throughout her life. She began her second career at Albuquerque's Fedway Store, part of the Federated Corporation. They moved back to California, and she transferred to another Federated store, Bullocks, near the UCLA campus. She was promoted several times, becoming a store manager in 1977. They moved to El Paso, Texas in 1980, and she continued department store management for many years. She also earned a Master's Degree in technical writing at UTEP while they were in El Paso. Her third career was as Coordinator of Continuing Medical Education at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. She frequently said she had worked in three interesting and fulfilling professions.

Corinne served on many boards of directors during her life. She thought she contributed to helping people the most with Planned Parenthood in El Paso and with The Southwest Branch of The International Dyslexia Association in Albuquerque.

Corinne had many friends in Albuquerque and in other parts of the country. Numerous phone calls, cards, and letters have expressed shock that Corinne is gone. All expressed a deep sense of loss because she was a sociable, well informed, thoughtful, outgoing, friendly, and caring person. She was always willing to meet and get to know new people. She could never pass a baby anywhere without saying "Well hello there, you are so cute." She is missed with great sorrow by many.

A "Remember Corinne Gathering" will be held at the Albq. Botanical Gardens, Sunday, April 22, 3-5 pm.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 8, 2018
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