The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 13, 2013

Eloise B. Corporon

Richmond, Mo. — Eloise Brodie Corporon, 87, formerly of Webb City, Mo. and Pittsburg, Kan., recently passed away at Shirkey Care facility in Richmond, Mo., as the result of a stroke five years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Louise Brodie, of Somonauk, Ill.; her brother, Steve Brodie, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; and her son, Dan George Corporon, of Neosho, Mo.

Ellie was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Somonauk, Ill. where she graduated high school in 1943. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. in 1948. She relocated to Chicago, where she was working as a bank teller when she met her future husband, Nelson Corporon, of Arcadia, Kan. The two were married in 1950 and soon relocated to Pittsburg, Kan., where Nelson was employed by McNally Pittsburg.

Ellie was one of the first woman elders of the First Christian Church in Pittsburg, KS, where she also sang in the choir. She was in the League of Women Voters, and was instrumental in the transfer of Linkline from Freeman hospital to the Joplin Public Library where she was a volunteer for many years. Ellie was the first woman board member for the Pittsburg YMCA. She was a talented singer, pianist, bowler and master Bridge player. She was also a consummate craftswoman at knitting/ crocheting/ cross-stitch. She and Nelson managed several rental homes in Webb City.

Ellie was also a national census taker and went door-to-door taking polls for the Gallup organization. Among her most notable accomplishments were raising her three boys, Dan, Tom and Andy.

She is survived by her husband, Nelson Corporon; her two sons, Tom Corporon and wife, Melanie, of Lexington, Mo.; Andy Corporon and wife, Dawn, of Kimberling City, Mo.; and daughter, Phyllis Corporon, of Neosho, Mo.; six grandchildren, Beth Murphy and husband, Matt, of Girard, Kan., Drew Corporon and wife, Melissa, of Ozark, Mo., Mickey Corporon, of NY, N.Y., Nicholaus Corporon, of Los Angeles, Calif., Jason Corporon, of Kansas City, Mo. and Shane Corporon, of Kimberling City, Mo.; and three great-grandchildren, Cassie, Chase, Payton and one on the way.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. The family will be present at the funeral home for a visitation from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations be made to the Joplin Public Library in her memory.

Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.

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