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Cora M. McColley


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Cora M. McColley Obituary
Cora M. McColley, age 88 of Atlanta, GA, passed away quietly at home with her son, Ben Cass, and close friends, Jane DeWind and Kathy Meyer, and loyal dog, Haley, by her side on March 5, 2018.

Cora was born on March 14, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas. She was raised on a farm with her five siblings. They did not have an easy childhood - it was the Great Depression and farming was hard work. This might come as a surprise to some, because everyone who knew Cora would describe her as one of the happiest and most positive people they ever met. She always considered herself to be very lucky and fortunate up to and including her final days.

Cora worked as a Civil Service employee at Kelly Air Force Base after the World War II. She then married and moved to Chicago, Minneapolis, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, before finally settling down in Orlando, Florida. She raised Ben, her only child as a single mother while working full-time. Cora had many accomplishments in her life, but Ben was her greatest, and she told everyone she ever met. Cora and Ben had a special bond and the highest respect for each other.

In 1975, she remarried, this time to her soulmate, Bob McColley, who also became an amazing step-father to Ben. Cora and Bob shared a love of animals, especially Arabian horses. Cora started helping Bob at his company, Bamboo Nurseries, and eventually became Owner and President, after Bob passed away suddenly.

After retiring, Cora spent nearly 20 summers in Highlands, NC. She fell in love with the natural beauty, climate, and wonderful friends she made there. She would return to Orlando every winter until 2012, when she moved to Atlanta to be closer to her son.

Cora is survived by her son, Ben Cass of Atlanta, Georgia, her brother, Steve Jett, and her many nieces in Texas who she loved dearly. Cora or "Aunt Cora" to many younger people across the country, was a wonderful and loyal friend, and often a sage aunt or caring mother figure. She cherished those friendships with so many, young and old.

We would like to especially thank Marjorie Salawone for her loving care and assistance, as well as the amazing ladies at Home Care Assistance for making her final days on Earth so peaceful and tranquil.

There will be a private service in Highlands, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

(www.stjude.org) or Canine Assistants (www.canineassistants.org)

McColley, Cora M.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2018
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