Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Obituary: Marjorie R. Cornell, 92, Andover

ANDOVER – Marjorie R. Cornell, 92, passed away Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) at Jones Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Cornell was born on Oct. 1, 1923 in Andover to Leo Briggs and Mable Grace (Burdick) Davis. She was a 1942 graduate of Andover Central School. On Nov. 14, 1943, in Hornell, she married Robert Glenn Cornell, who predeceased her on Dec. 5, 1991.
Marjorie worked at Alfred University as a cook and in maintenance for 12 years before retiring in 1976.
Marjorie is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Stettenbenz of Fairfield, Ohio and Marilyn (Clair) Updyke of Andover; two sons, Robert W. (Linda) Cornell of Andover and Billy D. Cornell of Wellsville; two brothers, Richard Davis of Andover and Charles Davis of Akron, Ohio; and one sister, Agnes (Clarence) Williams of Elbridge.
She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Karen (David) Brannon, Amy (Charles) Debbane, Fred (Denise) Nye, Francis “Tony” (Tammi) Updyke, Scott (Jennifer) Updyke, Alicia (Kevin Dye) Cornell, Candice (Rick Updyke) Cornell, Jessica (Paul) Wieszczyk and Maggie Cornell; 19 great grandchildren, Kellie Brannon, Kristin Brannon, Kayla Debbane, Anne Debbane, Katherine Debbane, Elizabeth Debbane, Jessica Nye, Jacob Nye, Kelsea Updyke, Clair J. Updyke, Michael Updyke, Preston Updyke, Colton Updyke, Tyton Updyke, Ashleigh Miller, Austin Dye, Bliar Dye, Blake Updyke and Evan Updyke; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Maxine Clark; a brother, Louis Davis; a son-in-law, Paul Stettenbenz; a daughter-in-law, Roberta Cornell; and two great grandchildren, Matthew Brannon and Grace Debbane.
Marjorie loved her family and enjoyed being with them. Some of the fondest memories were the times sitting around the table playing cards and other games. As gifts, she knitted and crocheted an endless assortment of socks, blankets, sweaters and hats for her children and grandchildren. She spent quality time with her family on camping trips and going to the lake for boat rides. In her younger days, she liked to snowmobile and ride motorcycles.      She loved to cook and was famous for her homemade cinnamon rolls. And yes, she loved her country music.
Marjorie was a long time member of the Andover United Methodist Church and the Andover Red Hat Society. She was bestowed the honor of being the Andover Fourth of July Senior Citizen Queen for the annual parade down Main Street. Additionally, she was a member of the Andover Firemen Ladies Auxiliary.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from noon-1 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Chris Mattison of the Andover Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Marjorie’s name may be made to Andover Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806.