Corley, Patricia Dolores McGinty

4/3/2011

 

PATRICIA DOLORES MCGINTY CORLEY
FEBRUARY 9, 1928 - APRIL 3, 2011
 
Patricia Dolores Hammonds entered this world on February 9, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa to the late Arliene Meisner Hammonds and Victor Rainey Hammonds. Pat’s only brother, Victor Rainey Hammonds, Jr. died in action during World War II, while protecting our freedom.
 
Pat graduated from St. Francis Xavier in Alexandria, Louisiana. Shortly after she united in holy matrimony to Herschel McGinty, Jr. and to this union of 34 years (1944 – 1975) four children were born:  Sandra, Herschel III, Michael and Thomas Victor McGinty. She was a homemaker and “taxi” driver getting her children to school and extra events. Pat and Herschel loved to dance and spent many a weekend playing cards. Pat was a champion bowler, winning many titles individually as well as on teams.
 
When her children became older she entered the business field. Pat was very active with the American Business Women’s Association in Monroe. She was a dedicated employee of 20 years to Louisiana Machinery in Monroe until her retirement. 
 
Blessed with a talent in arts, crafts, and sewing led her to share her creations at various flea markets, including the one in Columbia. Throughout her life, Pat loved to travel, search for relics and arrowheads, collectibles, or hand-me-down keepsakes. A truly unique, petite individual, she graced everyone she met with open arms, a tender hello, and an angel-like smile, followed by concern for their well being. Her children were blessed to inherit these traits, too. We remember Pat as a compassionate mother and friend with a gentle and loving soul.
 
Another blessing arrived when Pat met and married Rev. Marvin Harold Corley. Marvin was a retired minister of 30 years from the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and 10 year retiree of the Louisiana Department of Probations and Parole. Aka Pop Marvin and Pat lived in Elm Grove, where they raised border collies and horses. They were so excited when their Taco Doc, an Appaloosa cutting horse won the Grand World Champion title.
 
Pat and Marvin reestablished their home to Calhoun so they could care for Pat’s aging mother (Arliene). They made many life long friends there and enjoyed their outings with church members and the Cutting Horse Association. Because Marvin had played basketball for Louisiana Tech, they always enjoyed the Tech ball games. Pat and Marvin were avid fans of the Lady Techsters. Soon after Pat’s mother’s death in 2003, Marvin was diagnosed with cancer. He entered into God’s kingdom in 2005.
 
Always a spiritual caregiver, Pat prayed that the good Lord would look after everyone during difficult and trying times. Not long after Marvin’s death, Pat moved to Alexandria to be closer to her children. Pat wanted to help others and so she became a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Resale Store in Alexandria. Her “The Good Ole Days” Antique business in Pineville helped keep her mind active and provided a home for many of her collectibles. Bobbye, her Yorkie, followed her around everywhere and was her faithful companion throughout Pat’s illness.
 
Pat was our courageous hero as she battled cancer for 10 years. At 83, On April 3, 2011, she entered eternal rest at her residence in Alexandria. She is now at peace and pain-free in the comforting arms of our heavenly Father. May Pat and those family members already in heaven enjoy a lifetime of comfort with each other.
 
She is preceded in death by her husbands, Herschel McGinty, Jr. and Rev. Marvin Corley; her parents, Victor and Arliene Hammonds; one brother, Victor Rainey Hammonds, Jr.; one grandson, Christopher McGinty.
 
She is survived by three sons, Herschel McGinty, III (Marcia), Michael McGinty (Terri) and Thomas McGinty (Pixie Messina); one daughter, Sandra McGinty Goldich (Mark); nine grandchildren, Ward Christopher Hooter, III, Patricia Lynlee Linke, Sarah Williams, Gabriela McGinty, Thomas Shannon McGinty, Jada McGinty, Corey McGinty, Brandon Andrews and Jonathan White; seven great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; many special friends from Calhoun, Louisiana; and Bobbye, her companion Yorkie.
 
Thanks to her caregivers as she fought that lengthy cancer battle: Gladys Claiborne, Naomi Heights Nursing Home, Rapides General 6th Floor Oncology Staff, Dr. H. Wold and Hematology Life Center, M.D. Anderson, Dr. A. Brewster and Oasis Hospice.
 
The family requests that donations be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Center Foundation at www.komen.org. or 1-877-465-6636.
 

Tommy McGinty and Sandra Goldich