Marie C. “Rita” Corbin passed from this life on Thursday, July 29 at the age of 98.
Born in Wiesbaden, Germany on August 22, 1922, to August and Paulina Lind, she had an older brother, August, and an older sister, Paula.
Fluent in English, Rita served the U.S. military as an interpreter after the war ended. She met Rex when he was stationed in Wiesbaden as an MP in Germany, and came to Virginia as a war bride in 1948. She worked as office manager for Hillsman Wholesale Floor Covering and in the same capacity for Nunnally’s Furniture before retiring to care for family, plants, and a few homeless cats.
Preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Rex E. Corbin; brothers and sisters-in-law Virginia Staley, Mary and Woody Wilmore, Jim and Billie Corbin, Tom Corbin, and Mac Hillsman, and Welford Maxie.
She leaves to celebrate her long life and cherish her memory son Steve Corbin, and wife Beth, of Ladysmith; daughters Gudrun (Gigi) Corbin of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Rexann Shires, and husband Ronnie, of Chesterfield, Lin Corbin-Howerton, and husband Mike, of Chesterfield; niece Dorothee Maxie of Myrtle Beach; treasured friends Bob and Betti Taggart of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sisters-in-law Nancy Hillsman and Norma Corbin; and brother-in-law Dave Corbin, all of Chesterfield; nieces and nephews both here and in Germany; and her St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church family. She was ‘Oma’ to seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff and administration of Lucy Corr Health Center, with special thanks to Rachel, Julius, Shelby, Michele, Chris, and Andrea, for their attention and affection in her last years. She loved her Bingo prizes and playing horse racing games there, even though “they weren’t real horses, you know.”
Rita was a wonderful and attentive mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend, well-loved for her wit and graciousness. A service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers and in her memory, please consider a contribution to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 11919 Beach Road, Chesterfield, 23838.