Kathleen's Story

GARDINER - Kathleen M. Corey died at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta on November 13, 2014. She was 92. " Kaye" was born in Gardiner, Me. the daughter of Stephen D. Monaghan and Maria Nevills. She attended Gardiner Schools graduating from high school in 1939. She received her undergraduate degree from Colby College in 1943. In 1946 she received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Boston University. Kaye married Charles N. Corey in August of 1947. This union offered her a fascinating and ever changing life as she accompanied her husband to MCI, Colby, Bowdoin, Williams College and eventually Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Ct. where he taught, coached and was Athletic Director. All of these schools were different, the environment different, the location different, the roles Kaye had to play as a wife different and the agencies where she worked as a Social Worker were different. She found this to be challenging and exhilarating.

Kaye worked in varying capacities as a Social Worker during her career. When she received her MSW from BU and returned to Maine in 1947 she was one of a handful of professionals in the state who had an MSW. At that time she worked as a child protective worker out of Lewiston. In Connecticut she worked in adoption and with unwed mothers based in Torrington. When she returned to Maine in 1980 she worked at Full Circle in Brunswick as a children's therapist. She always worked part time which enabled her to attend all of her husband's football and lacrosse games and the athletic contests of her two children who competed fall, winter and spring from pee wee's through college. She was a familiar sight at these contests enjoying the excitement of the games and the friendliness of the people. It should be noted that her understanding of the games themselves and the particulars of each sport never improved over a sixty year period, but no one ever enjoyed the atmosphere more.

Kaye was devoted to Colby College in Waterville. She felt the school had opened a new world to her and the experience changed her life. She became the Class agent after graduating in 1943 and continued in that capacity for the next 71 years. She raised millions of dollars for the school during that time. In 1988 she was awarded a "Colby Brick" by the college and in 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award the top prize given to a deserving Alumnus each year.

Kaye was married to her husband "Nels" for 66 years. They retired to Gardiner in 1980 where they lived happily. She was a devoted wife and mother. Her family was always the central focus of her life. Kaye will be remembered by those who knew her for her warmth, her friendliness, her words of encouragement and support, and the joy she brought to everything and everyone she touched.

She is survived by brother's Stephen D. Monaghan M.D. of Cape Elizabeth and Thomas M. Monaghan Esq. of Portland. Two sons Charles N. Corey III of Pepperell, Ma. and Jeffrey S. Corey of Gardiner, Me., daughter in law Sarah Hallet Corey and three grandchildren Maggie, Nels, and James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gardiner, Me. on Tuesday, November 18 at 10 am. A private committal service will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Kaye Corey's memory to The Colby Fund 4320 Mayflower Hill Waterville, Me. 04901. Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home 53 Brunswick Ave. Gardiner, Me. 04345.
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