Heather Ann Hales Corey
July 3, 1954 - July 6, 2012
Heather Ann Hales Corey passed away at the age of 58 on July 6, 2012, at her home on the Hales family ranch near Adams surrounded by her family.
Heather was born in Pendleton on July 3, 1954, to John Robert "Bob" and Joyce Trowbridge Hales. She was raised on the family ranch.
Heather attended Adams grade school through sixth grade then attended the Pendleton schools, John Murray, Helen McCune and Pendleton High School. While growing up she was an avid dancer, dancing at the Bonnie Jo Carlson dance school and later as a Pendleton High School Buckerette dance team member. Riding horses in the wheat fields, taking part in Mustanger play-days, and playing "Queen of the
Round-Up" were favorite past times of Heather's as a young child. Her summers growing up were spent working wheat harvest at home, riding horses, spending time at the family cabin at Bingham Hot Springs, and learning to drive with her Grandpa John Hales.
After graduation from Pendleton High School in 1972, Heather attended Oregon State University, graduating in 1976, with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Upon graduation, Heather married Douglas G. Corey on July 10, 1976. After a period of time living in Tennessee, they returned to Walla Walla, where Heather worked as an office manager/bookkeeper for Dr. David Dilts and later Dr. Cameron Stewart.
She loved every moment of working at the dental clinic for 32 years. Heather was very active in many community activities in the Walla Walla area. She was president of many organizations including Planned Parenthood, YWCA Board (1982-1983) and Junior Club of Walla Walla (1983-1984). One of Heather's many accomplishments was her active leadership in the founding of the "Herring House" of Walla Walla in 1986; a home that was converted for cancer patients to stay in while being treated at Providence St. Mary's Medical Center. In 1982, Heather and Doug moved to their current home on the Hales family ranch near Adams. There they raised two children, Cydney Ann (29) and George Robert "Bobby" (24).
Heather continued her active volunteer life while in Pendleton by becoming involved in the Pendleton Little League as a board member and president, the Umatilla County Historical Society Renovation and Building Committee, was a member and treasurer of the Buckaroo Booster Club, and a member of the Pendleton School District Budget Committee.
The Pendleton Round-Up was a huge part of Heather's life. She started her involvement at a young age as a pennant bearer, usher and program seller. She was a princess on the 1973 Round-Up court and was able to fulfill her dream of being the queen in 1974. She continued on to be the Round-Up Court chaperone from 1983-1985 when she, along with her husband Doug, brought back the traditional leather outfits of the early 1900s. Then, in 2011, she was extremely honored to become a Pendleton Round-Up director. She was once again in charge of the Round-Up Court.
Heather followed in the footsteps of her grandfather John Hales, father Bob Hales, and brother Mark Hales serving as a Round-Up director. Being a member and cherishing the camaraderie of the Board of Directors was a highlight of her very short life. In her brief tenure, she felt the Round-Up Board of Directors was very dedicated to not only the Round-Up, but to making Pendleton a place everyone could be proud of and want to live and raise a family.
In 2011, Heather was honored with the March of Dimes White Rose Award in Portland. This award is given to women with outstanding volunteer achievements in the state.
The most important accomplishment of Heather's life was having and raising her two wonderful children, Cydney and Bobby, and watching them both graduate from high school and college. She was involved in all of their activities while growing up. Heather enjoyed the friendships she made with the parents of Bobby's and Cydney's teammates. She was blessed to watch as her children grew into outstanding adults. In July 2011, her dream as a mother became true, she had an amazing wedding for her daughter, Cydney, and Kipp Curtis at the family home. Kipp was a wonderful addition to Heather's family.
Heather was diagnosed Nov. 10, 1983, with Hodgkins' lymphoma. She was treated at Stanford University and made yearly trips to Palo Alto, Calif., for her check-ups. Throughout her life, Heather enjoyed talking and sharing her cancer survival story with other cancer patients. She was under the care of Dr. Richard Hoppe of Stanford
Medical Center's Radiation Oncology Department in 1983. Dr. Hoppe was still consulting Heather on her former and current conditions until the end of her life. In the spring of 2012, Heather was diagnosed with fibrosing mediastinitis, a medical condition that possibly was a result of radiation treatment she received for her Hodgkins disease 29 years prior. She died of this rare condition, which was accompanied with superior vena cava syndrome.
One of Heather's favorite summer trips was to the Nordstrom anniversary sale in Portland with friends Pam Hayner, Claire Siegel and the late Ann Stull. She also remained extremely close with her Tri-Delta Sorority sisters Mel Larkin, Liz Bialkowski, Sally Simpson, Joci Paoli and Jan Turner. Her monthly meeting with the Pendleton Martini Monday Club was also an important part of Heather's life.
Heather was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Joyce Hales; grandparents, John and Kathryn Hales and Charles and Bertha Trowbridge; and many other Trowbridge and Hales aunts and uncles. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Douglas G. Corey; daughter, Cydney Ann Corey Curtis; son-in-law, Kipp Curtis; son, Bobby Corey; good friend, Addie Terjeson; brother, Mark Hales; sister-in-law,
JoAnna Hales; and nephews and niece, Michael, Jacob, Madeline and Jace Hales. In addition she is survived by mother-in-law, Joan Corey; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Susan Olsen Corey; sister-in-law, Susan Corey; and nephews and nieces, Michael Corey, Megan Furstenberg, Corey Maltase and Mac Maltase. She will also be missed by Chula, Badger, Charlotte and Nike.
The family wishes to express its thanks to the many people who have been so considerate, kind and caring to Heather throughout her life and especially in the tough last few months, especially to the Hospice nurses. The family also sends a special thanks to Becca Hawkins, close family friend, for her comfort and concern during Heather's last months of her life.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 609, Pendleton, OR 97801, or charity of choice. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 12, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton with a burial at the Athena cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at the ranch home of Doug and Heather Corey near Adams.
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