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Norine Ann Cornell

August 24, 1942 – October 31, 2020


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Norine Ann Cornell

August 24, 1942 – October 31, 2020

Norine “Ann” Cornell, 78, fell asleep in her home and was awakened in God’s glorious presence late on October 31, 2020.  Ann was born to Thomas S. Leahy and Marie F. LaCroix Leahy on August 24, 1942 in Warren, Rhode Island.  She attended Warren High School with her 13 siblings.  On September 6, 1965, she married the love of her life, Douglas Clayton Cornell.  They lived in Ashaway, Rhode Island for 22 years, where they raised their three sons, James, David, and Mark.  In 1987, she moved to Chandler, Arizona with her husband, Doug, who would serve as a dean at Arizona State University.

Ann loved taking care of her home, spending time with friends & family, singing in the church choir, and endless summer days at Misquamicut Beach.  She will also always be remembered for her love of coffee and shopping, oil painting, her signature country style of decorating, and of course, snowmen!  And no one will ever forget her wit, sense of humor and clever one-liners!

Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Doug, along with siblings, Veronica, Thomas, Catherine, Raymond, Michael, Lorraine, Robert, and Ginny.  She is survived by her children, James and his wife Belinda, David and his wife Elizabeth, and Mark and his wife Connie; her 6 grandchildren; and her 4 great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored.  She is also survived by her siblings Louise, John, Janet, Margie and Gloria.

Ann’s love of family and faith in God was what sustained her through the many storms of life.  She especially loved music as a way of expressing herself in worship to her Savior, Jesus.  Ann was a faithful servant in her home, community and church.

Celebration of Life Service begins at 11am on November 14th at Via Church located at 740 N. Power Rd, Mesa, with David Eagles officiating.  Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery at 7900 E. Main St, Mesa.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Parkinson’s Foundation. 

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8 responses to “Norine Ann Cornell”

  1. Dorothy Fabie Negash says:

    Mark, Connie, Maddie, Emma, and Olivia rejoicing with you that Ann is now healed in the presence of Jesus.
    Love Always,
    Dorothy

  2. Tom Scotto says:

    My deepest condolences to the entire family.
    I will make a donation to St Judes in her name.

  3. Lisa & Mark Leahy says:

    Mark & I are so sorry for the loss of Aunt Ann. She truly was not only beautiful but very kind. She never failed to make us laugh.

  4. Lisa & Mark Leahy says:

    Our deepest condolences for your loss.

  5. Jeschors says:

    So sorry for your loss here on earth. She is in her eternal home now…a much better place. We will see you at her life celebration on the 14 th. Love Ed and Mary Ann Jeschor

  6. Lisa Mason (Cousin) says:

    Jimmy, David and Mark,
    My heart is broken for you. So much of my childhood memories include going to my Aunt Ann’s home in Ashaway, and playing throughout the neighborhood with the three of you. I will always treasure that I was able to see her one last time a few years ago. I loved her always, and always will.

  7. Janet Johnson says:

    Jimmy, Dave and Mark,
    Sorry to hear about your mothers passing. She was a great lady with a good sense of humor and a beautiful smile.

  8. Candace Montague says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. I will miss Ann’s sweet smile and laughter. Ann was a joy to have known through the Wednesday Women’s Bible study group.

    Candace & Sid Montague

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Norine Ann Cornell

August 24, 1942 – October 31, 2020


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Norine Ann Cornell

August 24, 1942 – October 31, 2020

Norine “Ann” Cornell, 78, fell asleep in her home and was awakened in God’s glorious presence late on October 31, 2020.  Ann was born to Thomas S. Leahy and Marie F. LaCroix Leahy on August 24, 1942 in Warren, Rhode Island.  She attended Warren High School with her 13 siblings.  On September 6, 1965, she married the love of her life, Douglas Clayton Cornell.  They lived in Ashaway, Rhode Island for 22 years, where they raised their three sons, James, David, and Mark.  In 1987, she moved to Chandler, Arizona with her husband, Doug, who would serve as a dean at Arizona State University.

Ann loved taking care of her home, spending time with friends & family, singing in the church choir, and endless summer days at Misquamicut Beach.  She will also always be remembered for her love of coffee and shopping, oil painting, her signature country style of decorating, and of course, snowmen!  And no one will ever forget her wit, sense of humor and clever one-liners!

Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Doug, along with siblings, Veronica, Thomas, Catherine, Raymond, Michael, Lorraine, Robert, and Ginny.  She is survived by her children, James and his wife Belinda, David and his wife Elizabeth, and Mark and his wife Connie; her 6 grandchildren; and her 4 great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored.  She is also survived by her siblings Louise, John, Janet, Margie and Gloria.

Ann’s love of family and faith in God was what sustained her through the many storms of life.  She especially loved music as a way of expressing herself in worship to her Savior, Jesus.  Ann was a faithful servant in her home, community and church.

Celebration of Life Service begins at 11am on November 14th at Via Church located at 740 N. Power Rd, Mesa, with David Eagles officiating.  Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery at 7900 E. Main St, Mesa.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Parkinson’s Foundation. 

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8 responses to “Norine Ann Cornell”

  1. Dorothy Fabie Negash says:

    Mark, Connie, Maddie, Emma, and Olivia rejoicing with you that Ann is now healed in the presence of Jesus.
    Love Always,
    Dorothy

  2. Tom Scotto says:

    My deepest condolences to the entire family.
    I will make a donation to St Judes in her name.

  3. Lisa & Mark Leahy says:

    Mark & I are so sorry for the loss of Aunt Ann. She truly was not only beautiful but very kind. She never failed to make us laugh.

  4. Lisa & Mark Leahy says:

    Our deepest condolences for your loss.

  5. Jeschors says:

    So sorry for your loss here on earth. She is in her eternal home now…a much better place. We will see you at her life celebration on the 14 th. Love Ed and Mary Ann Jeschor

  6. Lisa Mason (Cousin) says:

    Jimmy, David and Mark,
    My heart is broken for you. So much of my childhood memories include going to my Aunt Ann’s home in Ashaway, and playing throughout the neighborhood with the three of you. I will always treasure that I was able to see her one last time a few years ago. I loved her always, and always will.

  7. Janet Johnson says:

    Jimmy, Dave and Mark,
    Sorry to hear about your mothers passing. She was a great lady with a good sense of humor and a beautiful smile.

  8. Candace Montague says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. I will miss Ann’s sweet smile and laughter. Ann was a joy to have known through the Wednesday Women’s Bible study group.

    Candace & Sid Montague

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