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Remembering Janice Corbin

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 4, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home for Janice Delaine Patton Corbin who passed away early this morning. Complete obituary follows these memories by her friend and employer.

By Dr. Phil Aaron

Janice Corbin touched many lives in her nursing career: first as she worked for 16 years with Dr. Oris Aaron and Carolyn Jones and many others at the old Adair Memorial Hospital, then working almost 30 years in my office.

She was so proud of herself as she was a breast cancer survivor (surgery, radiation and chemotherapy) only to find out about a week after this treatment was over that the cancer had spread to her brain.

I have always thought that Jan had a photographic memory for she could remember every medicine and dose of each patient we treated -- so much so that I find myself having to look doses up in her absence. She was punctual and dependable (during our stretch never missing a day in over 10 years).

My own ego occasionally caused me to think that many of our patients had come to our offices because of my care. As the years went by I realized that a large number of these patients had come because of Jan, her caring ways, her thoughtfulness and thoroughness.

She amazed me how she used her encyclopedia memory to inform me how this patient was related to another patient, whose son was married to another patient's niece, etc.

Several patients loved to fuss with Jan: e.g. Lawrence Page (father) and Raymond Paige (son) from Campbellsville who spelled their last names differently. They loved her dearly. Lawrence had diabetes and Jan filled out forms so insurance would pay for his diabetic shoes. Raymond and Jan fussed repeatedly because she would not fill out forms for him.

And Helen and Gene Elmore from Casey County. Helen was a lung cancer survivor who talked with Jan about her family (children and grandchildren) and about their struggles for cancer cures. Jan wasn't superficial. She spent considerable time with our ptients and was most attentive to their needs.

Margaret and Johnny Popplewell from Russell County were other favorites of hers. Johnny, who had an insulin pump, was a voracious reader of Western paperbacks. Often he would read a whole book in our waiting room. They always had merchandise at the 127 sale; Jan and Johnny would fuss over anything and everything. Yet when she became sick, no one was more concerned than Johnny.

Jan Corbin is gone but not forgotten.

Sickness and tragedy sometimes have a way of bringing friends and family together. The list was long of patients and friends who volunteered to sit with Jan at her home. Then when she went into a coma and had to be hospitalized, these friends and others kept us busy keeping them updated on her condition.

Her family was there for her to the end. Daughter Rita Neat and Jeff; son Steve and Aleina; Greg and Melissa and Allen and Coco. They will miss her as will many in our extended community.

It is perhaps appropriate that one of Jan's hobbies was to collect angels. In her home there are hundreds if not thousands of ceramic, wood, metal and glass angels. Angels of every color type and configuration. It is, I think, entirely fitting that our fallen angel would leave all these angels through which we could remember her.

Janice Delaine Corbin, 68, passed away early Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at the Taylor Regional Hospital after a short illness.

She was born August 9, 1939 in Adair County to the late Lewis Frank Patton and Eula Pike Corbin.

She was a registered nurse, devoted to her patients at Aaron Medical Center and she was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include:

3 sons: Steve Corbin and his wife Aleina, Allan Corbin and Greg Corbin and his wife Melissa, all of Columbia

One daughter, Rita Neat and her husband Jeff of Columbia

One sister, Sharon Yarberry of Columbia

Special friend, Carolyn Jones of Columbia

Two special aunts, eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 4, 2008, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. David Coffey officiating. She will be buried in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is after 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in Columbia.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

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Services will be Friday, July 4, for Jan Corbin

2008-07-02 - Photo from work.
JAN CORBIN passed away today after a lifetime of caring for others. She will be greatly missed in the medical community where she worked as a registered nurse and was known for her gentle care. Jan was once heard to instruct a new staffer, frustrated at balancing an impatient-patient with paperwork and administrative detail, "Patients don't have to be nice, they are sick," Jan said, "We are the ones who are to be nice." That was her philosophy of care giving. While the photo available isn't as good quality as we'd like, it still shows her bright, expressive countenence, one so many will miss so much.

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