ILWACO - Long Beach resident Mary K. Corley, age 80, died July 11, 2006, at Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco. The daughter of Charles and Katherine (McCartney) Stotts, she was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During her childhood the family lived in Salt Lake City where she attended school and graduated from high school. After graduation she relocated with her family to Portland, Ore.

In 1942 she married Bennie Cole in Portland where they continued to live for the next two years until they moved to San Diego, Calif., while Mr. Cole was stationed with the U.S. Navy. The couple later divorced. She married William Corley, Sr. in 1951. Mrs. Corley moved back to the Northwest and lived for a number of years in Scappoose, Ore. Twenty years ago she retired to the Long Beach Peninsula.

She attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview, was devoted to her family and was a very caring and loving person. Her children describe her as "the best Mom ever!" She enjoyed playing bingo, driving and traveling the coast, was a good cook who loved to eat and loved flower gardening and her pets.

Survivors include her sons, Wayne Corley of Long Beach, and Bill Corley of Paso Robles, Calif.; daughter Donna Miller of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; brothers, Donald Stotts of Scappoose, Ore., and John Campbell of Renton; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and her dog Chrissy. Her daughter, Mary Lou Corley and her husband, William Corley Sr. preceded her in death.

No public service is scheduled. Private cremation has been held. The family suggests memorial donations to The American Cancer Society c/o Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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