Corinne P. McAllister, age 84, of Tyler, formerly of Battle Creek, Mich., passed away in the evening hours of Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 12, 1928, in the village of Melvindale, Mich., to Ebar and Adeline Smith. They preceded her in death. Corinne was raised at several ports along the Great Lakes. She attended Kellogg Community College, which began her lifelong love of art and led her into a career owning her own art studio. She married the love of her life and best friend, Joseph A. McAllister, on March 1, 1948. After more than 64 years of marriage and a lifetime of memories, he survives. She took pride in being an active parent in her children’s lives and was a part of the Girl Scouts with her daughters for 25 years. In her adult years, Corinne enjoyed quilting, sewing, painting, cooking, knitting and woodworking. She was active in the Quilting Guild, Art Society and Morning Coffee Clutch. Corinne was a strong, talented and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who left an example of a life well lived and a legacy of love and hard work for all to cherish.
Corinne is survived by her husband, Joseph; children, Sharlene Miller, James McAllister, and Teresa Nowland; grandchildren, Kimberly Miller, Dawn Miller, Sheryl Miller, Jamee James and Donald Nowland. She was preceded in death by siblings, Betty Goldsworthy, Harlow Smith, Norman Smith and Ina Tabiadon.
Services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek, Mich., with the Minister Robert Muirhead officiating. Burial will follow in Battle Creek Memorial Park with Donald Nowland, Austin Douglas, Gary Smith, Steve Smith, James McAllister and Fred Whitmer serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.