Phyllis Corn


Corn, Phyllis

Phyllis Corn

December 7, 1926 – September 21, 2015


Phyllis Corn passed away on September 21, 2015 at her home in Calipatria. She moved to Calipat in 1948 when she married her late husband, Wiley Corn, who predeceased her in 2000. They were married for 52 years and had one son, David Corn.

Phyllis was born in La Habra, California on December 7, 1926, to Methodist minister, William E. Malan, and his wife, Myrtha.

Phyllis graduated from Covina High School and attended Pomona College. Rev. Malan served in various churches in the Los Angeles area, and also served churches in El Centro and Phoenix while his wife, Myrtha, played the piano in church. She passed on her musical talents to her four children.

Phyllis was a teacher in the Calipatria School District for 25 years, and also was a school and church youth choral director. She was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and sang with the Roger Wagner Chorale in Los Angeles in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  She also enjoyed singing with the Imperial Valley Master Chorale and more light-hearted singing as a member of the Calipatria Trio.

They enjoyed composing comic, send-off songs each year for the graduating high school seniors, as well as dressing up as characters such as “Alvin and the Chipmunks” for fun numbers.

Phyllis is survived by David, and his wife Rhonda, three granddaughters, Erin Zamora and Joanna Matthews, as well as Robin Bertagnoli, who predeceased Phyllis in 2013, and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Jean Brock of El Centro; nephews Don, Jim, and David Brock of El Centro, and Brent Malan of Cucamonga; nieces Mary Jean (Brock) Lechner and Melina Nicely of Arlington, Washington.

Phyllis had a brother Edward Malan who predeceased her last year and another sister, Ethel Lanning of Calipatria, who passed away in 2013. Phyllis will also be missed by her dedicated care-givers, Marcia Ojeda of Imperial and Lupe Diaz of El Centro.

She was a decades-long member of the Calipatria Community Church and the G.V. Chapter of P.E.O. and served in many capacities in that organization.

A memorial service will be held at the Brawley First Presbyterian Church at 300 Main Street, Brawley on Saturday, October 3rd at 11:00 A.M. A private internment is planned next to her parents and grandparents at the San Gabriel Cemetery.

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