In Memory Of

Corwin, Mable who passed away on 5/15/2006 at the age of 84

Mable Theresa Klassen  Corwin
Mable Theresa Klassen was born about April 28, 1922 at home on the family homestead near Vona, Colorado on the South Fork of the Republican River to Emma Dulmer Klassen and Cornelius Klassen, the sixth of nine children, and died of complications from lung cancer at her home in Fort Collins, surrounded by her loved ones on May 15, 2006. Mable's life included growing up in a large, loving pioneer family on land her parents homesteaded on the plains of eastern Colorado, attending school at the one-room Murphy School, living through the Dust Bowl years, experiencing the 1935 flood on the South Fork of the Republican River, and leaving home at age 14 to have an opportunity to attend high school. Mable worked for the Cameron family of Englewood, cooking and cleaning to earn room and board so she could attend Englewood High School. She later completed nurse's training at Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Denver, graduating as an R.N. in time to join several of her brothers in the military during World War II. Mable was a nurse in the Navy, stationed at Mare Island, near San Francisco, where she worked in a military hospital, treating wounded soldiers returning home on hospital ships. During this time Mable met and married William Wright Corwin, a career Navy man. They lived in San Francisco, San Diego, Bremerton, WA, Astoria, OR, and finally Kodiak, AK during their time with the Navy. In the early days of her marriage she became a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying small planes all over the west coast. Upon retiring from the Navy, they returned to William's home state of New Jersey. While raising two daughters in the small town of Jamesburg, NJ, Mable worked as a nurse in Sunnyfield Nursing Home, as an industrial nurse for Phelps Dodge Corporation, and as a school nurse. She obtained her B.S. in Health Education in 1976, after working on it for many years while working full time. In 1978 Mable and William moved to Gig Harbor, WA to be a part of their first two young grandsons' lives. Mable continued her nursing career there, working at Western State Mental Hospital, caring for patients with debilitating mental and physical conditions. Throughout her working years, and beyond, Mable wanted, above all, to be useful. Mable's passions in life were her family and gardening. She is survived by daughters, Karen Gardner (Arthur DeFilippo) and Kathy Corwin Doesken (Nolan Doesken) of Fort Collins, and her four beloved grandchildren, Anderson Tice, USN, Pearl Harbor, HI, Nathan Gardner, Gail Doesken, and Joel Doesken of Fort Collins. She was proceeded in death by her husband and elder brothers, Dietrich (Esther) Klassen of Goodland, KS, Paul (Joyce) Klassen of Joes, CO, and Ervin Klassen (Vera) of Hayward, CA and her elder sisters Doris Klooz (Clarence) of Sacramento, CA, and Edith Mae Hugley (Ernest) of Englewood, CO. She is survived by her brothers Loyd Klassen (Opal) of Kirk, CO, and Cornelius (Jack) Klassen (Audrey) of Bakersfield, CA, and her sister Helen Smart (Herb) of Anacortes, WA.Mable's family is indebted to her loving caregivers, Audrey Martin, Deborah Watts, and Mim Frisinger, without whom caring for Mable in her home would not have been possible.Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to celebrate Mable's life on Friday, May 19, 7:00pm, at her home at 841 North Taft Hill Road.Family and friends in eastern Colorado are invited to a memorial service for Mable on Saturday, May 20, 3:00pm at the home of Opal and Loyd Klassen, Kirk, CO. Burial will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Tuesday, May 23, at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Allnutt Riverside Chapel, 1530 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524.