Corinne E. Stevens

Jan 05, 2018
Corrine Stevens

Falmouth — Corinne Esther Stevens, 84, died peacefully Dec. 22, 2017, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, at Sedgewood Commons.

Corinne was born Corinne Esther Edwards in Rockland, in 1933, the daughter of Corinne (Howard) and Edwin Edwards, the founder and longtime owner of Edwards Ice Cream. The youngest of four siblings, Corinne resided in both Rockland and a summer home at Crescent Beach, in Owls Head. She attended Rockland public schools, worked at her father’s ice cream factory, and graduated from Rockland High School in 1951, where she met her husband, John Harrington "Jack" Stevens Sr.

Corinne then attended Lasell Junior College, in Newton, Mass., and transferred a year later to the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in secretarial science, and was a member of the glee club. She had a lifelong love of music, both as a singer and a piano player, and once sang in a choir that performed with Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops. Corinne married Jack in 1954, and they both graduated with bachelor's degree from UNH in 1955. The newly married couple lived in Massachusetts and Indianapolis while Jack served in the Army as a commissioned second lieutenant.

In the late 1950s, the couple settled in Bristol, Conn., after Jack left the Army, where she worked as a medical secretary and he worked as an engineer for New Departure, a division of General Motors. Corinne gave birth to two boys, John H. Stevens Jr., and William E. "Bill" Stevens, in 1959 and 1961 respectively, and by the early 1960s she stopped working outside the home to focus on being a full-time mother. The family moved to Keene, N.H., in 1966, where Jack worked for many years at Miniature Precision Bearings, while Corinne raised her sons.

In 1978, the family moved to Brunswick to be closer to their families, and Jack worked for Bath Iron Works until his retirement. They built a house in 1979 off Church Road, and lived there until Jack’s death in 2008. Corinne then moved back to Rockland a year later to be near friends and family, and spent her final years in assisted living in Camden, and then Falmouth after her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Corinne loved gardening and bird-watching, and was especially fond of pistachio ice cream. She is survived by her sister, Nathalie Nicholas, of Owls Head; sons John of Seattle and Bill of Freeport and his wife, Julie Chen; and three grandchildren: Aaron Stevens of Freeport, Nathaniel Stevens, who attends NYU, and Olivia Stevens, who attends Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack, her brothers, Howard Edwards, Sr., and Edwin R. Edwards Jr.; her sisters-in-law, Barbara Edwards and Vivian Edwards; and daughter-in-law, Melanie Mavrides.

Corinne was cremated and will be buried at Achorn Cemetery, in Rockland, next to Jack, in May, 2018. A memorial will be held in Rockland or Owls Head at the same time, on a date to be determined in May.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made online to the Corinne Stevens Fund at the Alzheimer’s Association.

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