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Molla Corson's Memorial

   Sunnyside’s Molla Corson Memorial Gets Large Turnout


          Sunday June 28th the Washington Court in the Sunnyside Gardens enjoyed a celebration and remembrance of Molla Corson.  Molla, who moved to Sunnyside in 1947, was a long time active and loving fixture in the community.  Molla passed away at 101 years old in the home she so loved.  It was clear by the attendance of almost 100 friends and neighbors at the memorial how loved she was.  The memorial was well planned and organized by her son Eric and his family.  There was a large tent in the center of the courtyard that handled the overflowing crowd.  The tent was not only in case of rain but also with many elderly people in attendance to help avoid the possible heat of midday sun.


          Eric opened the memorial with the help of his family and filled everyone in on his mother’s rich family history.  It was enjoyable for all to hear Eric’s words of love about his mother, and on hearing Eric speak.   I can only say that Molla raised a good son. Eric invited people to share stories about his Mom that lasted well over an hour.   Molla’s friends spoke and shared stories of a loving strong woman who lived a very active full life.  The memorial ended with the planting of two trees, dedicated to Molla, in the common courtyard, led by granddaughter Tuyet Corson and Dorothy Morehead, president of the Washington Court Property Owners Association.


          Among the  attendees were her son Eric, daughter-in-law Jean, granddaughter Tuyet, step-daughters  Candace  and  Olivia, and  cousins Ray and  Lia.    In addition, there were 20 neighbors from 46th Street and the surrounding  blocks,  eight  former neighbors, former tennis partners, former bridge players, and former students from Camp Oquago, where Molla taught nature study.


          Also present was Roel Van Der Kooi from Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan’s office.  Molla was a teacher, naturalist, dancer, world traveler, patron of the arts, sports activist, good neighbor, and political activist.  In short she lived a life we should all envy and strive to be like.  Molla, may you rest in peace and thank you for all you achieved and the legacy you clearly left behind.

Standing (left to right) Dorothy Morehead, George Knowles, Olivia Corson, Jean Prestas, Eric Corson

Seated:  Tuyet Corson, Candace Corson

Reprinted from the Woodside Herald July 3, 2009

May 7, 1907 - February 13, 2009

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