Marian McCorkle Prior, 87
Marian Faye McCorkle Prior, 87, left this life to join her beloved husband, Lowell, on Aug. 21, 2012. She was born in Portsmouth on Dec. 19, 1924, to Emma and Hugh McCorkle. She graduated from Portsmouth High School and began working at Portsmouth Banking Company. She met and married Lowell Prior in March, 1944. His duty in the Marine Core took them to Philadelphia and Klamath Falls, Oregon. After WWII was over, Lowell attended college in Wilmington on the GI Bill while Faye continued to work in banking.
Upon completion of Lowell’s education, the couple moved back to Portsmouth where they lived for over 20 years. During this time, Faye worked again at Portsmouth Banking Company. The family was active and faithful members of Central Church of Christ where Faye worked in the nursery for many years.
In 1964, the family moved to Antioch, Calif. Faye began working at Security National Bank where she progressed to the operations officer position. She loved working with her customers and many would wait longer lines to have her take care of their transactions. She retired in 1983.
After retirement, she and Lowell traveled around the country to visit friends and family. She particularly loved being a “snowbird” in Arizona during the winter months. They made many special and long lasting friendships there. Faye loved to talk and socialize; no one was ever a stranger very long.
She loved and encouraged her children and grandchildren. Attending their events and performances was particularly gratifying.
She is predeceased by Lowell, her husband of 66 years, who passed away in November, 2011 and son Tim in June, 2006. She is survived by daughters, Judy (David) Bordin of Chico, Calif., Susan (Larry) Roberts of Antioch, Calif. and Mary (Jim) Dupree of Carmichael, Calif. (all former residents of Portsmouth). Her sister in law, Leah Ruth Bailey of New Boston, along with other relatives and friends in the Portsmouth area, survive her. Other family includes daughter in law, Liz Shigeta-Prior of Vancouver, Washington, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Private family services will be held at a later date. She will be interned next to Lowell at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif.. Donations can be made in her honor to the Central Church of Christ, 1211 Grandview Avenue, Portsmouth.