Corrie was born in Nantymoel, Wales, daughter of the late Idris James and Mary Anne (Thomas) Morris. Her two brothers John and James Morris predeceased her. Widow of the late Dr. Robert Burnell Eaton, she had 6 children, Bob Eaton (Jane Eaton), Elizabeth Sweetheart (Robert Rosenthal), Gil Stevenson (Dr. Bob Stevenson), the late Bill Eaton, Tim Eaton (Eva Eaton) and Kim Eaton (Richard Scott). She was much loved by her 12 grandchildren; Bob’s children, Shannon Baxter (Mike Baxter), Alexandrya Eaton (Bruce Lundrigan), Chris Eaton (Laura Reinsborough), Rob Eaton (Amy Eaton); Elizabeth’s son Sam Rosenthal (Mimi Rosenthal); Gil’s children, Laura Stevenson (Stephen Besaw) and David Stevenson; Bill’s son Dustin Eaton; Tim’s children Elizabeth and Sarah Eaton; and Kim’s children Alex and Ian Scott. Corrie was the proud great grandmother to 11 great grandchildren; Robbie, Sara and Katie Baxter; Chloe and Nina Lundrigan; Idris and Louis Eaton Reinsborough; Abby and Molly Eaton; and Oliver and Stella Thompson. She was fond of her many nieces and nephews from Canada the USA and Great Britain.
She grew up in London next to Wanstead Flat. She attended the London Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine for Women and was licenced to practice by the Royal College of Physicians in 1934. She met her husband at the Royal Free Hospital and they were married in London in 1938 and moved to Amherst N.S. During WWII, with her husband overseas with the 14th Field Ambulance and with 2 children at home, she became the town doctor. At the end of the war the family moved to Sackville where Corrie became a full time mother with 2 more children to look after. The family moved to the west end of Moncton in 1950. With another child added to the family and one on the way, the family moved to Cameron Street in front of Victoria Park in 1956. All the while she remained connected to the medical community as a First Aid Examiner and Cadet Surgeon with the St. John Ambulance. In 1963 she was honoured as a Serving Sister in the Order of St. John and in 1974 she was made an Officer of the Order and received the Victoria Medal and Bar. She also served on the board of the Victorian Order of Nurses and was the Honorary President of the Canadian Federation of University Women Moncton Club. In 1970 at the age of 60 she rewrote her Medical Licensing Examinations to resume her practice. Back in practice, she organized and ran the first Well Woman Clinic at the Moncton City Hospital. She continued to practice for the next 8 years, retiring with her husband Burnell in 1978. In 1982, she was elected a life member of the New Brunswick Medical Society. Even in retirement she continued to apply her medical training and volunteered at the Moncton Hospital carrying out hearing testing for newborns.
Corrie was a caring wife and a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a woman who led by example and in many ways was ahead of her time. She looked out for those in need and did not hesitate to speak up for those who could not speak for themselves. She was an inspiration to those who knew and met her, encouraging others to follow their interests. In her words, ‘anyone can be successful if they are willing to try’. She was a consummate learner and, in addition to maintaining her medical knowledge, she took courses to maintain her French language skills. She kept active and well into her 90’s could be seen in her Shediac Cape home doing the ‘Jane Fonda Workout’. She was an honorary member of the Lakeside Golf and Country Club. She believed in being part of her community and participating in activities. She was a former member of the Wesley Memorial United Church, the Shediac Trinity United Church and a current member of St Martin’s in the Woods Anglican Church. In later years, she participated amongst other things, in her church’s quilting group, senior activities and helped deliver Meals on Wheels with her late friend Margaret Bateman.
Her family witnessed the power of compassion from an incredible group of women over the last few months of her life that cared for Corrie in her own home, much as she herself cared for many people throughout her long full life. Her friends were caring and loving. She will be sadly missed.
There will be no visitations at the funeral home. Funeral Services will take place at St. Martin’s in the Woods Anglican Church, 3394 Route 134, Shediac Cape on February 7, 2015 at 2 pm with a reception to follow next door to the church in the Young Smith Hall. Interment will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to either Doctors without Borders, the Friends of the Moncton Hospital or to the ACW St Martin’s in the Woods Anglican Church.
Funeral arrangements under the professional care of
Coopérative Funéraire Passage Funeral Co-operative
3754, Route 134
Shediac Bridge, NB, E4R 1T3
Tel: (506) 532-1050