Maybell A. Corey

Dec. 20, 1926-Oct. 26, 2017

Maybell A. Corey, 90,

Bowbells, ND, passed

away on Thursday, Oc-

tober 26, 2017 in a Minot


Maybell Alzina Beck

was born on December 20,

1926, the daughter of Fred

and Mildred (Greenfield)

Beck on the family farm

in rural Columbus, ND.

She graduated from Lig-

nite High School. She

loved to tell us that she

graduated valedictorian of

her class and the other

classmate was salutatori-

an. She attended Minot

Normal School and re-

ceived a rural teaching

certificate and taught one

school term.

On May 19, 1946, May-

bell was united in mar-

riage to Howard E. Corey

Jr, in Bowbells, ND. They

made their home in

Bowbells, where together

they raised their three

children, Sally, Howard

“Bud” III, and Ron. Ho-

ward passed away on

April 7, 2017. Maybell

worked at the Bowbells

Lumber and Hardware

and retired from Burke

County Social Services.

They wintered in Mesa,

Arizona for 22 years.

She was a member of

the Bowbells United

Methodist Church, the

UMW, and the American

Legion Auxiliary. She

taught Sunday school,

was a youth leader, Cub

Scout Den Mother, and

volunteered at St.

Stephens Food Pantry.

Maybell crocheted hun-

dreds of skull caps for

military helmets, and did

alterations for the former

Baptist Home in Kenmare.

She enjoyed gardening,

canning, bird watching,

playing pinochle, an avid

reader, embroidered many

dishtowels for family and

friends. She baked awe-

some buns, breads, and

pies. She also hosted

many deer hunters.

Maybell was a loving

mother, grandmother,

great-grandmother and

aunt and will be missed

by all that knew her and

loved her.

Maybell is survived by:

daughter, Sally (Dean)

Verstraete, Minot;

daughter-in-law, Roxy

Corey, and son Ron, (Clar-

ice) Corey, all of

Bowbells; five grandchil-

dren, Michael (Joan)

Corey, Kelly (Amanda)

Corey, Kristin (Matt) Dyer,

Alicia (Jeff) Davis, Joy

Anne Corey (Mitch

Strom); 12


Michael, Olivia, Mason,

Kennedy, Cayle, Rylan,

Kellyn, Easton, Luke, Col-

lins, Karsyn, and Griffin;

brothers, Douglas (Arlene)

Beck and Brian (Audrey)

Beck, all of Minot;

sister-in-law, Claudia

(Dennis) Lindberg, Stan-

ley, ND; aunt, Mary Beck,

WA; lifelong friend,

Delores Swehla, Bowbells;

and several nieces,

nephews and cousins also


Maybell was preceded

in death by: her parents;

husband of 70 years, Ho-

ward E. Corey Jr., son Ho-

ward “Bud'” Corey III, sis-

ter and brother-in-law, Al-

ice and Ken Walleen; and

special neighbors, Smiley

and Jo Johnson and Orluf

and Thelma Petersen.

Visitation: Monday, Oc-

tober 30, 2017, one hour

prior to the service at the


Funeral: Monday, Oc-

tober 30, 2017, at 11:00

am at Bowbells United

Methodist Church,

Bowbells, ND

Burial: Bowbells Com-

munity Cemetery,

Bowbells, ND

Arrangements with

Thompson Larson Funeral

Home, Kenmare, ND.

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