Mary (Corcoran) Chinchinian died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, from extensive lung cancer metastases, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Mary was born to Dr. Cornelius and Marjorie Corcoran in Milwaukee. Her father was a surgeon and her mother was a registered nurse. She was the third of four children in a happy Irish family.
She attended Wayland Academy before attending the University of Colorado. While in college, she met her future husband, Harry Chinchinian, and they married Aug. 20, 1952, in Milwaukee. Everyone enjoyed the Corcoran family, especially the daily 4 p.m. social hour gathering of their family, neighbors, friends, doctors and numerous Jesuit priests from Marquette University.
Mary enthusiastically supported her husband while he earned a master’s degree, medical degree and two specialty degrees. During this frugal time, she happily began raising their three children.
The family arrived in Lewiston on Jan. 4, 1964. Upon arrival, she quickly discovered the Lewiston Roundup grounds and bought a horse (“Doc”), from horse expert Lou Grove. The entire family took riding lessons. Mary established Meriwether Arabians, breeding, training and successfully competing in many regional horse shows. In addition, they were active in Pony Club, 4-H, trail rides and endurance competitions. One of Mary’s proudest moments was winning her Tiffany Silver Pin on the 60-mile competitive ride in Hamilton, Mont.
Mary made friends easily because of her generous, helpful and kind attitude to everyone. She encouraged her family to behave kindly toward others. Totally devoted to her friends, she actively interacted with them and became a member of the P.E.O. She was known for her wry sense of Irish humor and easy smile.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years of marriage, Harry; children Armen, Marjorie (Brown) and Matthew; grandchildren Annie Symms, Olivia Brassey, Harry Kyle Chinchinian, Heather Lenz, Holly Floyd, Nathan Brown and Nick Brown; and great-grandchildren Lavender, Shane and Roland (Symms), Evie Mary and Andrew (Brassey), Eli and Baby Chinchinian, Isabelle, Sam and Brian (Brown-Lenz). She also is survived by her sister, Ann Kaiser, of Wisconsin, and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m. next Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston.