Barbara Louise (Niemann) Corbell, 80, died October 16, 2008 at her home in Sun City West, AZ. She was born January 19, 1928 in Centralia, IL. She graduated from Centralia Township High School and was a May Fete attendant for three years and then May Queen. She was married in the First Presbyterian Church of Centralia.
Her extensive Air Force travels with her husband of 44 years included 27 moves and 30 residences, living in Alaska, Bermuda, England, Japan, 8 states and Washington D.C. She was a member of numerous Officers Wives Clubs and Chairman of the Langley AFB, VA, Officers Wives Club.
She was a fantastic homemaker and enjoyed travel, golf (with a hole-in-one), bridge, bocce ball, and social activities with friends. She and her husband helped establish and build the Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City West, AZ.
She is survived by her sons Philip Terry of Sun City West, AZ, and Ralph Larry of Denver, CO; granddaughter Lisa (Corbell) Pevateaux and husband Chris and two great grandsons of Denver, CO; sister Marlene Jane Goodman of Centralia, IL; sister-in-law Denise Corbell of Vandalia, IL; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
She was preceded in death by husband, Col. Ralph Philip Phil Corbell; parents Hugo William and Harriet Juanita (Kroeger) Niemann; parents-in-law Oscar M and Agnes Corbell; and sister Norma Waggoner.
A short graveside service will commence at 1 PM at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, IL on Saturday, November 8, followed by a one hour reception at the Ramada Hotel, 2707 Veterans Ave, Vandalia.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to the Arizona Lung Association, 102 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85003; the First Presbyterian Church in Centralia, IL; the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, IL, or the Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, 13459 Stardust Blvd, Sun City West, AZ 85375.
Arrangements by Menke Funeral Home, AZ and Miller Funeral Home, IL.