Morgan, Vesta Corzine

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Vesta Corzine Morgan was born May 30, 1923 in West Frankfort, Illinois, the daughter of Cecil Royal Corzine and Maude Marie Bever Corzine. In 1943 she married Earl Amos Morgan, Jr. They had one daughter, Carolyn Ann Morgan McCoy.

She received an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, in 1942, two days before she was nineteen years old. She then taught Home Economics and Algebra at a local high school until her marriage in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where Earl was for part of his military training during the war.

Two years after Carolyn was born in January 1944, she went back to teaching high school, including seven years at Carbondale Community High School. In 1957, she received a Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. She then taught for ten years at Southern Illinois University in the Home Economics Education Department, working half-time the first two years as Assistant Dean to help the department move into a new building.

Between 1969 and her retirement in 1981, she worked at the Vocational Education Department of the Illinois State Board of Education as an Educational Curriculum Consultant, a job that required her to drive to schools all across the state of Illinois. She was a member of many professional organizations, several honorary societies, and held offices and served on a number of state and national committees on education.

Between 1981 and 2015, she lived in Arizona, spending half the year in Surprise, Arizona at the Sunflower RV Resort, and the other half of the year in Show Low, Arizona. She and her husband Earl helped establish a church for all denominations in the RV park. Earl died in 1994. Vesta moved to Blacksburg, Virginia in 2015.

She is survived by her daughter Carolyn and husband Robert McCoy of Blacksburg, Virginia; grandson Charles McCoy and wife Colleen of San Diego, California; granddaughter Bonnie, husband Tom Calla and their daughter Morgan of Richmond, Virginia.

Interment will take place at Sunland Memorial Park and Mortuary in Sun City, Arizona.