Connie (Osa) Corbet

Died: Thu., May 26, 2016

Graveside Service

10:00 AM Fri., Jun. 17, 2016
Location: Burns Cemetery

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Connie Corbet, 88 died on Thursday, May 26, 2016.  A Graveside service will be held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Burns Cemetery.

Connie Corbet, a Harney County pioneer and longtime resident of the Burns area, passed away May 26. Connie was born in Burns Nov. 14, 1927, to Marcelino and Margarita Osa. Growing up in the Osa Basque boarding house, she learned to work hard, appreciate the importance of welcoming people into her home, and enjoy the boarding house social atmosphere.

Connie graduated from Burns High School in 1946. She married the love of her life, Dick Corbet, on Dec. 23, 1946, and they celebrated 67 wonderful years of marriage together. They began their marriage living at Prather Creek Ranch and the Jenkins Ranch in Diamond, eventually settling in Burns, where they raised their three children.

Connie worked at several administrative jobs while her children were young and moved to a full-time administrative position with Burns Union High School in 1963. She learned her job quickly and took on many additional responsibilities throughout the years. Connie earned the reputation as a producer of high-quality work, a valued team member, and a loyal employee. She worked for the school district for 25 years and retired in 1988.

Connie was an intelligent, strong-willed person who was always up for new adventures. In retirement, she learned to play golf and bridge, excelling at both. She was blessed with several lifelong friends with whom she enjoyed socializing and sharing escapades. They experienced much laughter, good times, and fun together. She always welcomed people into her home.

In retirement, she volunteered at several local nonprofit organizations including the Senior Center, Harney County Museum, Harney Country Library, and Habitat for Humanity. She was an honest and trustworthy person, and helped several senior citizens manage their financial affairs and transition into senior housing.

She is survived by her children, Christy (Roscoe) Skold of Missoula, Mont., Mark (Peggy) Corbet of Redmond, and Ross (Suanne) Corbet of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Travis Skold, and Josh (Claire) Skold; six great-grandchildren; sister, Margarita Garatea of Boise; many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews; and close friends, Mary Salsbury, Peggy Sitz, and Mim and Dave Mallea.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Dick Corbet; her parents, Marcelino and Margarita Osa; two brothers, Marcelino Osa and Frank Osa; and sister, Francisca Osa.

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Patricia L. (Patty) McDonald
   Posted Wed June 01, 2016
You were my first walking buddy, my mentor, my friend. To say you have been missed is an understatement.

Chuck and Lois
   Posted Sat June 04, 2016
Such a sweet and caring lady. The world could use many more like her.

Paquita Garatea
   Posted Mon June 06, 2016
She was the most wonderful tia to all of us. I miss her beautiful smile and laughter. Te amo mucho Tia Connie.

Connie Budge Sherbourne
   Posted Tue June 07, 2016
My memories of Connie are full of love, peace and gratefulness. Her words of wisdom to me and extended kindness to my family and I will never be forgotten. She will shine in Heaven as she did here on earth.

Guff and Carolyn
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
What a great lady. She took great care of all the teachers both on and off the job. Helped us learn Burns it's stories and secrets. Loaned us recreation equipment ,introduced us to Dick and shared her Basque heritage with us. She will be remembered by all that came in contact with her.

Nikki Baldwin Squire
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
We lived next door to Connie and Dick, Christy, Mark and Ross for most of my childhood. Our family loved them all. Connie was a second Mom to me, always wise, always funny and ready to help. My mom considered Connie her best friend ever. My dad considered her the most capable, trustworthy financial officer he ever worked with. We will miss her and send our love and condolences to her great family.
Nikki Baldwin Squire

Annie Marland
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
How sad to say goodbye to a special woman. I'm not sure how she survived the "gang" (Nikki, Kath, Christy, Janet and me) when we invaded her house. Growing up Connie was one of the "cool" moms. I'll miss you Connie.

Kathleen McAllister
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
Like Annie said, Connie had to put up with all of Corb's friends invading her home at any time. She was always gracious, spunky and so much fun. We felt welcome. I think her great children are a testament to what kind of person she was. RIP Connie.


Frani Jenkins
   Posted Tue June 14, 2016
One of my most favorite people in the whole world. We had talked about taking a trip to the Basque Country. That I didn't get to do that with Connie will long be a regret.

My thoughts will be with all of you on 6/17. I hope the memories of Connie's wonderful smile and sense of humor will sustain you through this difficult time.

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