Corinne Clements


Corinne Clements, 92, of Madison, Indiana, formerly of Dayton, died at 4:20 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Jewel House in Madison.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Giltner Ginn and her husband, Wilbur, of Madison, Indiana; her brother, Lee Clements and his spouse, Rickie Hord, of Columbus, Indiana; two nieces, Charlene O’Connell and her husband, Donald, of Madison, Indiana, and Cindy Edwards and her husband, Jesse, of Florida; her great-nieces, Amy Robinson and Ashley Schirmer; her great-nephews, Sam Buhlig, Jesse Otero and Evan Otero; and her great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Hailey Griffin, Charles Griffin, Austin Otero, Lydia Buhlig and Matilda Buhlig.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her paternal grandparents, Charles Wesley and Emma Taylor Clements; her maternal grandparents, Charles Jackson and Stella Steele Jackson; and a sister, Kathleen Clements Taylor.

Corrine entered this life February 15, 1923, in Brooksburg, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Charles Elwood and Florence McKee Jackson Clements. Raised in Jefferson County, she¬† attended Central High School and was a 1940 graduate of Hanover High School. Corinne was a 1944 graduate of Hanover College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and Biology and received her Master’s from the University of Dayton.

Corinne began her teaching career in Aurora, Indiana, in 1944, teaching Latin and biology. She then began a career in Civil Service, serving in San Antonio, Texas from 1945 to 1946, moving to Jeffersonville, Indiana, in 1947 and working there and in Louisville, Kentucky, until 1951. She then decided to join the United States Air Force on April 24, 1951, in Louisville, Kentucky. She rose to the rate of Airman Second Class at Hamilton Air Force Base in Hamilton, California, and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the USAF during the Korean War. She was honorably discharged on June 11, 1952, and remained in the reserves until 1958 and was discharged with the rank of Captain.

In 1959 she began teaching Latin at Mad River High School in Dayton, Ohio, retiring in 1982. After retirement from teaching she worked in Civil Service at Wright Patterson Air Force Base at Dayton, Ohio.

In 2008 Corinne felt it necessary to return to Jefferson County to be near her family and moved into the Jewel House after living for 50 years in Dayton, Ohio. She was a 50-year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio. She was an avid traveler abroad, having visited Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Scotland, England, Ireland, and Mexico. She also enjoyed furthering her education at the University of Dayton and Wright State University. She was a devoted sister and aunt.

Corinne held membership in Women in Military Service for American Memorial Foundation Inc.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana, with Pastor Troy Hedges officiating. Calling will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015, and from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday. Burial will be at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana. A final salute will be conducted by Jefferson American Legion Post No. 9, with full military honors to follow at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Chapel, conducted by the Wright Patterson Ceremonial Unit and Jefferson American Legion Post.

The family requests memorials in memory of Corrine be made to Women in Military Service for American Memorial Foundation Inc. or hospice. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

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