Ms. Margaret Ann “Maggie” Corbisier, 65, died Sept. 16, 2005, at Providence Hospital, Anchorage of complications from multiple myeloma.
Her ashes were scattered in Kachemak Bay. A memorial service was held on Sept. 23, 2005, at the Homer United Methodist Church.
Maggie was born in Cottage Grove, Ore., on May 13, 1940, to George Alfred Thompson and Lois Margaret (Wolverton) Thompson.
She was a life-long educator specializing in speech and language pathology. She had bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from what is now Western Oregon State University, and received her administrative credentials from the University of Oregon. She began her 42-year career as a classroom teacher in Portland before focusing on special education, and taught in several locations around Oregon before making Alaska her home in 1988. She taught in the south peninsula schools until her retirement in 2003, and continued to substitute until her diagnosis with multiple myeloma in June, 2004.
Maggie was very active in community organizations, and served as the Region 3 Director for NEA-Alaska. She spent summers tutoring and working out on the Homer Spit. Maggie rarely sat still, and in her time relaxing at home she was always knitting or crocheting. In her earlier days she was an excellent bowler. She divorced in 1987 after a marriage of 25 years and never remarried.
She is survived by her brother, Wayne Thompson of Hood River, Ore., and her two proudest accomplishments, her children Robert Corbisier of Homer and Juneau, who is an attorney working for the governor, and Barbara Corbisier of College Station, Texas, who is pursuing a doctorate in cognitive psychology at Texas A&M.
Her family wrote, “Maggie touched the lives of thousands of children during her 42-year career. She was incredibly strong; a leader and a fighter until the end. She will be remembered as a dedicated, proud, and incredibly loving mother who made many sacrifices so that her children could pursue their own dreams and successes.”
The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 204, Anchorage AK 99503, or the International Myeloma Foundation, www.myeloma.org/
(Forwarded by Robert Corbisier, email@example.com)