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Date published: 8/25/2014

Thanya L. Corwin

Thanya Lee Corwin was born Dec. 3, 1950, in Prague, Okla., and departed this life on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, surrounded by her family and loved ones at her home in Stafford County.

Thanya was the daughter of Nathaniel and Margaret "Polly" Ford of Prague, Okla. A 1969 graduate of Prague High School, she was an honor student and cheerleader. Following high school, she attended East Central University where she studied education.

While attending East Central, Thanya married her high school sweetheart, Tony Corwin. Following graduation she joined Tony, spending the next 32 years as a Marine wife; a mother of three, Natalie, Nicole and Robert; and eventually as "Meme," beloved grandmother of nine.

Soft-spoken, she had a warm, friendly personality. She greeted everyone with a smile and quickly and easily made friends--one recently commented, "Thanya just grows on you, in a very special way."

As the family matriarch, she set an example of unconditional love and compassion for the family to follow. Always knowing and focused on what was right, she would quickly, yet gently and persistently guide all in the direction she knew best. Her family came to expect and cherish her example and loved her deeply for her tender, nurturing mentorship.

While quick with guidance, she was also quick with her credit card. Her power-shopping exploits became legendary among all who knew her and were only superseded by her enormous generosity.

When asked about things she best remembered, she often commented that after growing up in a small town, she never dreamed she would marry a Marine and have to leave. But she truly believed, that while quite challenging, she had helped make a positive difference in the lives of not only the new lieutenant's wives at The Basic School, with whom she worked, but also the wives and families of Marines deployed to the first Gulf War, through her efforts in helping to establish the Key Wives Program.

And when it came to pride, there was never any doubt that nothing in the world could compare, even come close, to how proud she was of and how much joy her children and grandchildren brought her. Spending time with her family was the most important of all things to her.

Thanya is survived by her husband of 44 years; daughter and son-in-law Natalie and Phillip Booren; daughter and son-in-law Nicole and Stephen Shaw; son and daughter-in-law Robert and Jessica Corwin; nine grandchildren, Parker, Conner, Caitrin, Madalyn, Megan, Brenner, Addison, Camden and Aubree; her mother-in-law, Patsy Corwin; and sister-in-law Cindy Owens.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m at the funeral home. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.