Anita Joy Correy, 84, of Battle Ground, passed away peacefully on Dec. 8, 2022.
Anita was born in Seattle on July 2, 1938, to Heinrich (Henry) and Emma Tarrach. She grew up on Beacon Hill in Seattle, graduated from Cleveland High School and attended Central Washington State College in Ellensburg. While attending college, she met her husband, James T. Correy.
Anita and Jim eloped to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and were married on May 9, 1958. After living in a variety of places, they settled in Battle Ground, Washington, where Jim got a job with the Battle Ground School District. There they built a wonderful life together and lived there for over 60 years. To this union they added three children, Lynn Elaine, Jill Ann and Neal Eduvard. They developed lifelong friendships with many other teachers and community members, spending countless evenings with couples playing cards, having potlucks and going to sporting events. In the summer of 1985, she, and Jim broke ground on their Long Beach house that they built with family and friends. Once completed, they enjoyed spending many weekends and much of their retirement there together.
Being active in their community and participating in social and civic activities were important to Anita and Jim. Anita won many awards for her canning at the Clark County Fair and was an amazing and avid sewer. She was a 4-H leader for many years and did judging at the Clark County Fair. Reading was also one of Anita’s many passions. She never left home without a book or two with her. Anita enjoyed volunteering with the March of Dimes, Children’s Orthopedic Hospital and Women’s Health Study and served on the Battle Ground Planning Council.
She is survived by her husband, James Correy, children Lynn (James) Davidson, Jill Scott and Neal (Teresa) Correy; grandchildren, Lou and Henry Davidson, Geoff Schumacher and Branden Correy; great-grandson, Lincoln Schumacher; brother Fritz (Patty) Tarrach; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Henrietta Wickham; son-in-law, Shawn Scott; and granddaughter, Nicole Scott.
In honor of her love of reading, Anita’s celebration of life will be held at the Battle Ground Public Library. Please plan to join family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, from 1 to 4 p.m. to share your memories of Anita. Donations and memorials in her honor may be made to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation (fvrlfoundation.org).
The family would like to thank Rowena Youngstrom and the wonderful staff of Welcome Home of Brush Prairie who provided great care for her for over the last two years.