Jean Corson Wolvington


Jean WolvingtonJean Corson Wolvington passed away after more than three years of treatment for metastatic breast cancer on Friday, October 14, 2016 at her home in Issaquah Washington.  She was 70.


Jean was born March 6, 1946 in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Chester Elliott and Margaret Parks Corson.  Jean was a graduate of Moline, Illinois, High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1968.  On September 7, 1968 she married Howard William Wolvington in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  The couple lived in Fairfax, Virginia, until 1997 when they moved to Issaquah, Washington, near Seattle.


Jean operated a custom wedding dress and alterations business from her Virginia home until moving and had been an accomplished active quilter since then.  She has always been involved with music, singing in the choir at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, Virginia, where Howard was the organist, and playing handbells there as well.  She served as Treasurer of that church and led the capital campaign for building renovation.  After moving to Seattle she sang with the Faith Lutheran church choir in Bellevue, the First Methodist church choir in Bellevue, and then the last 15 years with the Bellevue Presbyterian church choir.  She was an avid gardener, active with Chapter H.E. P.E.O., and with her Bible study group, with Block Party Quilters Club, and with Issaquah Quilters.


Jean is survived by her husband Howard; two children, Sandra (Gene) Sheih of Maple Grove, Minnesota, and Matthew (Cathy) Wolvington of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; and brothers Craig Corson of Ames, Iowa, and Donald Corson of Sellersburg, Indiana.  She was preceded in death by her parents and by Howard’s parents.


A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2pm at the Bellevue Presbyterian Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the music department of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, or to the Organ Fund of University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98105,


One Response to “Jean Corson Wolvington”

  • Philip Smiley says:

    Jean and Howard are special friends. I first met Howard and Jean at Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Virginia and my wife Robin and I spent many pleasant evenings with Jean and Howard playing Euchre at homes of people of the church. It was always a delight on Sundays to listen to Howard’s mastery of the organ and Jean’s singing in the choir and Sandra playing the flute at the Fairfax Presbyterian Church. Howard was a contract program manager for the Army and I was a uniformed program manager for the Navy so we always had a lot to discuss regarding cost, schedule and performance. I had been a Navy jet flight instructor and Howard was interested in model airplanes. I was impressed when Howard came over to our house and helped my son adjust the trim on his radio controlled model. Jean and Howard preceded our move to Seattle. But when our move came about Jean gave me a lot of pointers about moving to the Seattle area. She also told me about her cancer which was helpful to me as I also have a form of cancer. Moreover, when we moved to Seattle Howard helped me join the Boeing Employees Flying Association where I spent many delightful hours under Howard’s instruction and flying BEFA airplanes by myself. Howard now has accumulated more flight hours and ratings than I have and was selected as flight instructor of the year.

    I will miss Jean but I know because of our faith that she is in a better place. We will always have the most wonderful memories of Jean as she was such a loving person.

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