Corson Celebrates 100 Years

Anne Corson

BURLEIGH – Anne Corson celebrated her 100th birthday Sept. 4 at her home in Burleigh.

Corson was born in Camden, according to George Corson, her son with whom she resides. Her parents lived in Sea Isle City and a railroad connected the resort with Camden where a hospital was located.

"Most folks from the Ocean View, Sea Isle City, and South Seaville area rode the train to the hospital," he said.

Corson's family remained in Sea Isle City until she was 5 or 6 years old. Her grandmother owned a hotel in the resort on the beach.

They relocated to Ocean View where Corson spent her school years. Corson graduated with the Class of 1936 from Middle Township High School.

For many years after graduation, she worked at the Bellevue Hotel in Court House for the Douglass family.

In time she became the manager of the Middle Township High School cafeteria, a job she held until retirement in the early 1980s, her son said.

In retirement, Corson enjoyed daily walks around the county seat as well as knitting and crocheting. She won several awards for her handwork of quilts and comforters from "Vogue Knitting" magazine.

She married Henry "Bud" Corson. The couple had three children, George Corson, Elizabeth Mossbrooks who resides in Florida, and Carol Corson States who resides in Wyoming.

Corson has eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

To what does Corson attribute her long life? "Genetics," said her son.

She never smoked or had "bad habits." She got up and went to work, never missed a day of work, he noted.

Corson has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cape May Court House since about 1936 or 1937. Prior to that, she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Ocean View.