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Hazel Hannah Corbett, 87, of Mustoe, passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 at her home.
She was born Feb. 4, 1924 in Edray, W.Va., a daughter of the late Hugh Amos and Levie Sabina Hannah.
Mrs. Corbett was a graduate of Monterey High School class of 1942 and Dunsmore Business College in Staunton. Her years of employment included night auditor at the Homestead, clerk and teller at First and Citizens Bank, Department of Defense (Transportation Division) at the Pentagon, Hannah Lumber Co., Hannah Airport, High’s Restaurant, and she retired in 1991 from Highland County Health Department after 30 years of service.
Mrs. Corbett was a member of the former Sieg-Hudson Presbyterian Church in Mustoe and the Young Men and Women’s Club in Monterey; secretary of the Highland County Chamber of Commerce, the Business and Professional Women’s Club; secretary and treasurer of Weekday Religious Education, as well as Highland Historical Society, where she worked diligently to help complete the New History of Highland County, published in 1983. She was an active proponent of developing the once Monterey High School to the now Highland Center, where she served on the executive committee and board of directors.
On Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1949, she married Russell Glenn Corbett Jr., who preceded her in death on May 10, 1988. She was also predeceased by three sisters, Ethel High, Marjorie Collins and Lucille Lahti; and three brothers, Hubert, Fred and Warren Hannah.
She is survived by a daughter and son-inlaw, Mary Ann and Bruce Avery of Stevensville, Md.; a grandson, Christopher Russell Avery of the home; three sisters-in-law, Janet Marie Marshall and Irene McAllister, both of Mustoe, and Fritz Corbett of Clifton Forge; eight nieces, Elizabeth Volard and Carrington Petras, both of Verona, Betty Louise Clay of Helena, Mont., Sharon Fisher of Marlinton, W.Va., Carolyn Maydian of Collinsville, Jan Austin of Roanoke, Tonia Comer of Ashland, Ky., and Mary Johnson of Clifton Forge; four nephews, Kyle Hannah of Anchorage, Alaska, Donnie McAllister of Winston-Salem, N.C., Joe Corbett of Covington, and Tony Marshall of Long Island; and a number of great-nieces and nephews, including Joyce Ralston, Michael High, and Herbie and Harry Fisher.
A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. C. William Cox officiating. Burial will be in Monterey Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Patrick Allebaugh, Lucian Petras, Joe Corbett, Brad Gumm, Mike Ralston and Wade Wilkowske. Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Highland Center, P.O. Box 556, Monterey, Va. 24465, Highland Historical Society, P.O. Box 63, McDowell, Va. 24458, or a charity of choice.
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