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Minnie Pearl O’Neill Corlew

May 29, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Minnie Pearl O'Neill Corlew, 100, of St. Louis, Mich., passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Masonic Pathways in Alma. She was born July 14, 1913, in Cloverport, Kentucky, to Walter Lee and Alma Clem O'Neill. She was a resident of Toledo, Ohio, where she graduated from high school. She graduated from Northwood College when it was located in Alma, Mich. She was a resident of Vestaburg, Mich., from 1956 to 2006; Escanaba, Mich., with her daughter, Linda and Bill Pearl, from 2006 until 2011; and spent the rest of her days in St. Louis, Mich., with her granddaughter, Sylvia and Jordan Kinoshita.

She was active in the Vestaburg Schools PTA and band boosters. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Alma, and served as a Sunday school teacher, Stephen Minister, was on the board of Parrish Care and was an active member of the Stitt Trapp Circle. She held memberships in the Alma BPW (past president), Alma Women's Club and Montcalm County Friends of Hospice of Gratiot Medical Center. She was awarded hospice volunteer of the year during her hospice service. She was a member of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Group. She had an interest in the history of the lighthouses of Michigan and their preservation. She was also active in the Michigan Rails to Trails project.

After retiring from Alma College as the executive director of housekeeping, she worked for five summers in national parks - two years at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, three summers at Glacier National Park in Montana and three winters at Everglades National Park in Florida.

She enjoyed crewel embroidery and made many wall hangings for birthday and wedding gifts for family and friends.

She also enjoyed the outdoors and hiked many miles in both Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alma and Walter O'Neill; two sisters, Alta Mathis and Mary Nell Fleming; two brothers, Walter and David O'Neill; one granddaughter, Suzanne Corlew; one grandson, Gilbert DeHoyos Jr; sons-in-law, Daniel Rusnell and William Pearl; and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Corlew.

She is survived by six children, sons, Michael (Johnnie Lou) Corlew of Folson, Calif., Patrick Corlew of Cape Coral; daughters, G. Ann Baker of Riverdale, E. Jean (Gil) DeHoyos of San Lorenzo, Cailf., Linda Pearl of Escanaba and Helen (Robert) Corlew-Newman of Petersburg, N.D.; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She loved traveling to visit her family and made frequent trips to Florida, California, New Mexico and North Dakota to visit her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Through her dedication to family, friends, church and community she touched the lives of many people.

A celebration of Minnie's life will be held Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Alma with Pastor Tom Brackbill officiating. Interment will be held in the Pennington Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-Michigan Home Care/Hospice, ALS Association, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society or the First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lux Funeral Home, St. Louis. To view Minnie's obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit



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