Addie Anita (Dorrough) Corliss

1927 - 2008

Anita passed away peacefully, Oct. 18, 2008, in Medford, Ore., with family at her side.

Anita was born Addie Anita Dorrough in Subiaco, Ark., on Jan. 23, 1927, to Roy L. and Madie Dorrough. She spent most of her youth in Arkansas, moving from Subiaco to Fort Smith in her teen years. Anita moved to Oregon in 1947 just after she married the love of her life, Kenneth Corliss, and has been a resident of Medford since then.

Anita loved to paint. Give her a paintbrush and an outdoor landscape and she truly was in heaven. She also spent many hours in her garden nourishing her plants and flowers. Her wild birds loved her garden and Anita blessed their presence with food and a bird bath. Anita volunteered at Providence Hospital's Guild and also loved spending time with her large family & many friends. Anita was a wonderful cook and will always be known for three particular delicacies; her seedless blackberry jelly that was always a treat for breakfast and followed her children to school included in their peanut butter sandwiches; her Karo Nut pies that always graced her table on holidays; and her most loved red cabbage coleslaw.

Anita was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Kenneth R. Corliss, Sr. last November; her two sisters, Mary Faust and Nell Swain; and her brother, Bill Dorrough. She is survived by her eight children, Kenneth Jr., Tucson, Ariz., Dorian, Pasco, Wash., Philip, Rogue River, Ore., Anita Heggen, La Quinta, Calif., Nancy Corliss, Medford, Sally Smedal, Walnut Creek, Calif., Cynthia Corliss, Bozeman, Mont., and Victoria Miller, Medford; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

A celebration of Anita's life is planned in Medford at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. with Conger Morris in charge of arrangements. A reception for family and friends will be held after the service at Rogue Valley Country Club at — p.m. A private burial service will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Mom/Grandma/GiGi - we love you and will miss your kind smile and warm heart very much! Give Dad/Grandpa/Papa a big hug from all of us as you greet him in Heaven.