Willa Corrine Coones, daughter of the late Harold and Cora (Wallace) Coble, was born on April 26, 1936 in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, and following a long illness departed this life on March 14, 2009 at her residence in Mtn. Grove surrounded by her family. She was 72 years, 10 months, and 16 days of age.
Corrine grew up in Douglas County in the Vanzant area and attended Coble School and later graduated from Cabool High School in 1954.
She was united in marriage to Harold McCallister on April 26, 1955. She was later married to Thomas Reese in 1968.
Corrine was a longtime employee of Brown Shoe Company in Mtn. Grove. She enjoyed being outdoors and going on picnics and swimming outings with her family and friends. She also enjoyed racing and in her younger years she raced on local dirt tracks in the Powder Puff Division. She was also a huge NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching the races whenever possible.
Corrine was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a very giving person and loved helping those around her. Through the years, many of the neighborhood children considered her house as their second home.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold McCallister, Thomas Reese and Buell Coones.
She is survived by her three sons, Kirk McCallister and Dean Reese, both of Mtn. Grove, and Jimmy Reese of Cabool, Missouri; her three daughters, Eugenia McClure of Benton, Arkansas, and Sally Mason and Kelley Enriquez, both of Mtn. Grove; two brothers, Calvin Coble of Vanzant, Missouri, and Joe Coble of Mtn. Grove; two sisters, Ilene Woods of Vanzant and Brenda Stillwell of Mtn. Grove; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends who will sadly miss her.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Roger Flint officiating. “What A Day That Will Be” was sung by Jerry Stillwell and Kamber Beller. Rhonda Hurtt served as pianist. Burial will be at a later date in Penner Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.