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Jacquelyn Corley

November 17, 1921 October 5, 2010
Jacquelyn Corley
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Jacquelyn Louise Corley, 88, passed away on October 5, 2010 at Plantation Nursing Center in Altus. She was born on November 17, 1921 in Durant, Oklahoma to Herman Nathaniel Jackson Pierot and Caledonia (Stone) Pierot. A memorial service will be held on October 9, 2010 at 10:00a.m. at the Altus Centennial Memorial Center in the city cemetery.
Her public school education was in Durant, Oklahoma. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education at Southeastern State University where she was an honor graduate and a member of Kappa Delta Pi, national honor society. Additional studies were done at Oklahoma State University, Midwestern University, University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Western Oklahoma State College.
She married O.L. (Bill) Corley on December 20, 1941 and they had three daughters and one son.
At an early age, she felt a calling to be a teacher and began teaching Bible classes at the age of sixteen. At one time she also served as the organist and soloist in her church. Her public school teaching career began at Lincoln Elementary in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She later taught at Comanche Elementary in Comanche, Oklahoma, Sunset Elementary and Eugene Field Elementary in Altus, Oklahoma. In 1975 she was listed in "Outstanding Elementary Educators of America" and was a nominee in 1979 for Altus Teacher of the Year.
From early childhood, Jacquelyn was a member of the Baptist Church. She was active in several churches in Oklahoma and Texas and had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Altus since June 1967. Jackie served in the following areas of the church: Director and Teacher in the College and Career Department, Fifth Grade Department, Homebound Department, Bible Study Teacher for the International Class and Teacher for the Elizabeth Ladies Class. She was also active in the Women"s Missionary Society, Missionary Round Table, and Intercessory Prayer Ministry.
Social and professional organizations to which she belonged were American Association of University Women, Friends of the Library, Literacy Program Tutor, Oklahoma Education Association, Altus Classroom Teachers Association, Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, National League of American Pen Women and Erolethian Club.
Jacquelyn was a professional free lance writer. She was a prolific author and had over eighty inspirational poems, articles, meditations and stories published in various denominational publications, among which were "Guideposts", "Upper Room", "Mature Living", "Decision", "Home Life" and others. For many years she wrote the "Pause to Pray" column for the "Altus Times". In 2005 she published On Bended Knees, a collection of her writings. In honor of the successful publication of her book, the Erolethian Club honored her with a reception and book signing at the Southern Prairie Library.
Jacquelyn was an encourager. She used her writing talents to send letters of encouragement to vast numbers of people from her immediate family to friends and acquaintances near and far, her church staff, numerous government officials on the local, state and national level and anyone she felt needed encouragement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, O.L. (Bill) Corley, her parents, a sister, Jewell Hill, a brother Billy D. Pierot, infant daughter Linda Louise Corley, and daughter Margaret Gay Corley. Jacquelyn is survived by her son Robert Bill (Bob) Corley of Bethany, Oklahoma, daughter Carol Lynette Corley, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many friends.

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