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CORLEY, Dolorie Dolores Carol Muente was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and died Dolores Muente Corley in Dallas, Texas, on July 24, 2019, after a decades-long battle with breast cancer and its complications. She grew up in Wilmette, Illinois, and lived in Puerto Rico for three years as a child when her father moved the family to San Juan for his work with G.D. Searle. She was a Girl Scout and a Mariner Girl Scout, sailing on the Shenandoah topsail schooner with her Mariner troop during her youth. Dolorie graduated from New Trier East High School in Illinois, Rice University (BA) in Houston, Texas, and Southern Methodist University (MBA) in Dallas. In 1973 she married O. Paul Corley, Jr., whom she met at Rice, and they lived in Dallas throughout their 45-year marriage. She worked at First National Bank in Dallas and then as a realtor with Henry S. Miller before becoming a full-time mother of twins. While raising her children, she volunteered at their schools, Hyer Elementary and The Hockaday School, and as their Girl Scout troop leader. She also volunteered with the Junior League of Dallas and the Junior Group of the Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, where she served as President from 1989 to 1990. She particularly enjoyed the Garden Club's flower shows, creating several winning arrangements. She loved flowers, arts and crafts with her daughters, interior design and decorating, writing, music, and gift-giving. She also loved to travel, especially to Chicago to see her family and to Carmel, California, to relax by the ocean waves. Dolorie had a strong sense of right and wrong and was not afraid to speak her mind or to stand up for what she believed. She was an advocate for girl power before it was cool and supported her daughters in their education and their careers in the Air Force, science, and the arts. In 1996 Dolorie was diagnosed with breast cancer that metastasized to the bone in 1999 and continued to resurge for the remainder of her life. She underwent multiple chemotherapy treatments, some in later years with drugs that were not invented at the time of her original diagnosis, and she was proud to be Dr. Joyce O'Shaughnessy's longest living cancer patient for many years. She died peacefully in her home with her family by her side. Dolorie is survived by her husband Paul, her daughters Anne-Marie Corley and Melissa Corley Carter (Al), her sister Suzy Hess, and many loving friends and family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothea and Walter Muente, her grandmother Erna M. Malz, and her beloved aunts and uncles. Visitation will be held at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home on Thursday, August 15, 4-7pm. Memorial service will be held in the Highland Park United Methodist Church Sanctuary on Friday, August 16, 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dr. Joyce O'Shaughnessy's Oncology Research at the Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation, to Friends of the Sea Otter, or to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
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