WORDEN, Illinois -- Corliss E. Gigax, 92, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2010), at Eden Village Retirement Center in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
She was born on Sunday, Feb. 17, 1918, in Hayes Center, Nebraska, the daughter of Ray and Grace (nee Evans) Gigax.
In 1935, she graduated from McCook High School in McCook, Nebraska. She then attended McCook Junior College from 1935--36. She moved with her family to Columbia, Missouri in 1936.
She lived in St. Louis, Missouri, while employed as an executive legal secretary at Missouri Pacific Railroad in St. Louis for 38 years, retiring in 1983. After her retirement she moved back to Columbia, Missouri.
She was a member of the Rose Society, Boxwood Society and the Cactus Society at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Gigax; mother, Grace Gigax; and sister, Greta K. Murell.
She is survived by niece, Pamela A. Haynes of Worden; nephew, Stewart W. and wife, Bobbie Murrell of Valdosta, Georgia; niece, Cindy L. and husband, Roger Courtois of La Habra, California; and great nieces and nephews, Tracy Henry, Stacy Martin, Chuck Haynes, Darryl Todd, Dallas Haynes, Lance Haynes and Jennifer Oliver.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Valhalla Cemetery in St. Louis.
Memorial contributions may be made to Worden Christian Church in Worden, Illinois.
Dauderman Mortuary of Alhambra, Illinois is in charge of the arrangements.