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Dorthy “Dot” Corson
Dorthy “Dot” Scheide Corson, 88, of Middlebury, Indiana and Naples,
Florida, passed away from congestive heart failure on Tuesday April 19,
2016 at her home in Naples with loving family members by her side. She
was born December 18, 1927 in Jasper, Texas to Benjamin Otto and
Lillie Belle (Williams) Scheide, both deceased.

On July 11, 1948 in Tenaha, Texas Dot married Thomas H. Corson with
whom she shared 67 years of devoted marriage and partnership. Tom
survives her along with their children Claire Corson (Jim) Skinner of
Naples, Florida and Benjamin Thomas (Linda) Corson of Bonners Ferry,
Idaho; three grandchildren: Nick (Tiffany) Corson, Charlotte Corson
(Matthias) Wolf, and Sarah Corson; and four great-grandchildren:
Bradley Corson, Brint Corson, Lillie Belle Wolf and Fiona Wolf.  

Dot was a graduate of Tenaha High School, (Tenaha, Texas, 1945) and
Southern Methodist University School of Nursing, (Dallas, Texas, 1948).
Dot worked alongside husband Tom and his two brothers in founding
Coachmen Industries, Inc. in 1964, the highly-regarded recreational
vehicle company. She always will be remembered as the “First Lady” of
Coachmen, having served as a member of its Board of Directors for 27
years, and a tireless Company ambassador with its dealers, investors
and the community. In later years Dot established Reflections, a ladies’
apparel store in Goshen, Indiana.

Widely known for her grace and quiet elegance, Dot generously
contributed her time and resources to numerous charitable
organizations including Interlochen Center for the Arts, University of
Notre Dame, WNIT, Goshen College, First United Methodist Church of
Middlebury, Northridge Dollars for Scholars, IUSB, Elkhart County
Community Foundation, Midwest Museum of Art, and Ivy Tech.

Dot was a member of Elcona Country Club (Elkhart, Indiana), Maplecrest
Country Club (Goshen, Indiana), and Royal Poinciana Country Club
(Naples, Florida). In her free time, she loved to play bridge, read and
travel.  

Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 27, from 2:30 – 6:30 PM at the
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury.  The funeral
service and celebration of Dot’s life will be held at 10:00 AM on
Thursday, April 28, at the First United Methodist Church of Middlebury
with a private burial immediately following at Grace Lawn Cemetery in
Middlebury.  Pastor Ron Russell will officiate.

Memorials may be given to Interlochen Center for the Arts (Dorthy S.
Corson Memorial Fund), P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643.
(Advancement Office: 231-276-7623, www.advancement@interlochen.
org); and the First United Methodist Church of Middlebury (New Building
Fund), P.O. Box 347, Middlebury IN 46540. (Office: 574-825-2585, www.
fumcmiddlebury.org.)



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Our sincere condolences, we enjoyed the time together with the 33rd
luncheons in Naples.
From: Roger Mosser & Crimmie Walther
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Our deepest sympathy to the family.
From: Del & Barb Herr
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To Tom and the family, Dot was a charming women with a certain grace
that only she could carry throughout her life. She will be missed by me.
From: Joe O'Brien
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Tom, Dot was so lovely. Her smile was radiant and her presence was
always gracious. She will be very fondly remembered by Tony and me,
as well as all of us in the South Bend Miller family. You will be in our
prayers, Tom, in the coming days and months.
From: Tony and Mindy Moore
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Tom, we were very saddened to learn of Dot's death.  She always had a
smile and a kind word to us.  I so enjoyed her in bridge and she brought
a spark to our class.  You were a wonderful caregiver and we know that
she will be missed by you and her family.  Please know that our
thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
From: Your neighbors, Betsy and Tom Matlock
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A great Lady, and such a pleasure to be around. Our condolences to all
her family.
From: Mike and Denise Maloney
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Our prayers are with your family. It was always a pleasure seeing the
Corsons at Coachmen functions such genuine people God bless.
From: Marc & Joanne LaBrecque
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Dear Tom,Claire,Ben and family - we are so sorry for your loss. Dot was
such a lovely, gracious lady and will be greatly missed. You are in our
prayers.
From: Ron & Doris Menges
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Please accept my condolences for the loss of your wife Dorthy.
From: Suzann Young Davids
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Tom,  You may not remember me as I was the 5 year old who lived down
the street from the Schiedes in Tenaha.  Dot always "put up&" with me
and my questions.
From: Calvin Riley
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Dot was a wonderful lady and so very gracious at all times.  My
memories of her are all of a kind, loving and happy lady.  She will
certainly create a void that can never be filled but leaves you with lasting
and loving memories forever.
From:  Jessica Long
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Tom, Claire and family my thoughts and prayers are with you. Dot was
always so gracious.
From: Bob Zook
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Tom, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. I can't think of a time when
she wasn't smiling. She will be missed by many. Remember all of the
great moments and rejoice in her life.
From: Patty Thornberg / Craig Kapson
The Jordan Automotive Group
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Dot and the Scheide family were very special to the Riley family in
Tenaha and Lake Murval.  Our last contact was at Tenaha High reunion 5-
6 years ago.  A very special lady - know she will be be missed deeply by
family and friends.
From: Dan & Gloria Riley
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We are sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful person, we know
all will miss her dearly. Deepest simpathies to Tom, Claire and Ben. We
remember all the good times at the Coachmen events. "Dot&quot" the
perfect and most gracious ambassador for the company. She will be
missed. With sincere simpathy.
From: David & Kim DeHaan
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She was a nice person. Sorry for your loss.
From: Cynthia Staton
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Tom found himself quite a gem with Dorthy, who always showed the
hospitality of a caring nurse. Her generous spirit will be greatly missed.
From: Brian and Debra Bowman