Two years ago Joan Corbett of Wayne told a grandchild that she was going to live to 90. On February 19th, 2021, just one day shy of that milestone she passed away peacefully at Devon Senior Living. Her beloved husband, Bill, always thought her birthday was the 19th so her children like to think he came to collect her on what he believed to be the right day.
Joan was a loving mother who was never happier than when surrounded by her children and their children. Holidays at her house were loud and loving with the annual Christmas show given by the grandchildren and the Easter Egg hunt being stand outs.
As an only child she was proud of her big family and would often look in wonder at all the people she and Bill were responsible for! A lover of books she did her best to instill that love in her family starting at an early age. She enjoyed reading to the little ones and found delight all over again as they discovered the wonders of nature in her garden and the wider world. An animal lover herself, Joan indulged her children with unusual pets over the years and herself was never without a dog. Horses were another passion and she kept riding until age and balance issues made it unsafe. However, she still liked keeping up with all the local goings on through her family members who inherited her love of all things horse.
Summers in Stone Harbor were a love Joan and Bill shared. They always walked the beach holding hands and that's how the children picture them now. Stone Harbor and the beach was such a fixture in family life that most members have continued the tradition of summer there in one way or another.
Joan, a lifelong Roman Catholic, was active at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Wayne where she made many friends, attended daily mass while she was able, and enjoyed the book club, and participating in the Jolly Jogues. Her church truly was an extended family for her.
Joan is survived by her daughters: Patricia (Robert) Young, Michele (Richard deceased) Natoli, Pamela (Steven) Barrer, Catherine (Victor) Barr, Elizabeth (Mark) Wiedmann, Son: William (Lori) Corbett III. There are 17 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
On behalf of Joan's family, we would like to thank everyone at Devon Senior Living and Holisticare Hospice who made Mom’s last months so peaceful. They kept her happy, provided her with friendship and comfort when we could not be there and for that we are eternally grateful. Special thanks to her “Wicked Women” who kept her laughing and sassy to the end.
A celebration of Joan’s life will be held at a future date. If you are so inclined make a donation to your favorite charity.