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Betty Corley Wade, age 89, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021, at Magee General Hospital. She was born March 22, 1931, to Albert and Elizabeth (Austin) Corley in Starkville, MS.
She enjoyed playing bridge with a close circle of friends for many years. Betty also served as a registered nurse for over fifty years in her community at Magee General Hospital and as Director of Nursing at Millcreek Rehabilitation Center. She was a pillar of the community and will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her sons, Dr. Frank Wade, Jr., Scott Wade (Sallye), Jeff Wade (Tina); daughter, Joni Wade Harper (Teddy); six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank Wade, Sr.; brother, Albert Corley and sister, Ouida Kersh.
The service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at First United Methodist Church in Magee, MS. Dr. Tommy Jennings will officiate the service with interment following in Magee City Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted with Tutor Funeral Home of Magee.
Betty Wade, RN, 89 years old, passed peacefully today at Magee General Hospital.
Mrs. Wade, as called by all staff, was a diploma nurse graduate from Greenwood Leflore Hospital on September 4th, 1952. She worked at Greenwood Hospital, Charity Hospital in New Orleans, for Dr. Raymond Grenfell, Sr. in Jackson. In 1965 she joined her husband, Dr. Frank Wade, Sr., at Magee General Hospital.
She worked on and off while raising her four children. After the unexpected death of her husband, Dr. Frank Wade, Sr., in 1978, she accepted the Director of Nursing position at Millcreek in Magee. Years later Betty returned to her roots at Magee General Hospital as Director of Nursing guiding the nursing component of the 64 bed hospital forward through numerous changes.
There are nurses and there are nurses. Betty Wade was one of those nurses. For those who knew her were considered blessed. Betty Wade was there for many people over the years as a daughter, wife, mother, nurse, and friend.
Written by Cindy McIntyre, RN Director of Emergency Services, Magee General Hospital
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