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Margaret Mary "Mardee" Corbett


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Margaret Mary "Mardee" Corbett Obituary
Margaret Mary "Mardee" Corbett

Rehoboth Beach - Margaret Mary "Mardee" Corbett (nee Powell), age 77, of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Mardee was born on August 28, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a graduate of Villa Maria Academy High School and Rosemont College. In 1963, she married Michael A. Corbett, Sr. Mardee and Mike lived in New York and New Jersey where they raised their three children. She earned her Master's degree in Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Mardee was a passionate, life-long educator, teaching at several schools in New York and New Jersey, including St. John's on Long Island, New York and St. Patrick's in Bedford, New York. She finished her 31-year career in education at Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey where she tirelessly gave of herself coaching tennis, coordinating food drives and Christmas toy collections, serving on numerous committees and announcing plays from the booth as the voice of the Green Knights football team. Mardee was genuinely beloved by her students. Her innovation in the classroom, tireless dedication and genuine concern for her students earned her "Teacher of the Year" in 1990 by the school's faculty.

In 1998, Mardee and Mike retired to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Mardee enjoyed bridge, tennis and golf as a member of Kings Creek Country Club. She was a huge supporter of the Jean and Joan Cancer Fund as well as many other charities. Mardee had a passion for life, for her family and her friends. All who met Mardee were touched by her genuine kindness, honesty, sincerity, wisdom and forthrightness. Mardee will be deeply missed.

Mardee is survived by her daughter, Sharon Corbett (Calvin Jaber) of Wilmington, Delaware; her sons Michael A. Corbett, Jr. (Lillian) of Florham Park, New Jersey and Brian P. Corbett (Lee) of Baltimore, Maryland; eight grandchildren - Amanda, Ian, Michael, Adam, Lily, Jack, Maggie, and Patrick; sister Isabel Martin (Guy); and brothers Sydney J. Powell, III (Katherine), Kevin R. Powell (Irene) and Gregory J. Powell (Marie); her sister-in-law Linda (Cordell) Berman, brother-in-law Jack Brennan, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Dr. Sydney J. Powell, Jr. and Margaret Mary (Valentine) Powell, Mardee was preceded in death by her husband, Michael A. Corbett, Sr. and her sister Cynthia Brennan.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018, at 11:00 AM at St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where friends may visit beginning at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mardee's name to the Jean and Joan Cancer Fund or to the Tunnell Cancer Center, both c/o Beebe Medical Foundation, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, Delaware 19958.

Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, Delaware.

Please visit Mrs. Corbett's Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The News Journal on Sept. 13, 2018
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