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Verda Scott Corbin

January 1, 2021

Verda Scott CorbinVerda Scott Corbin, 99, Clayton passed away Friday morning, January 1, 2021, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Verda was born in Clayton on November 28, 1921, daughter of Melvin G. "Joe" and Ethel Edmonds Scott. She graduated from Binghamton Central School in 1939. She married Lester J. Corbin on September 17, 1958 in Clayton. Mr. Corbin, owner of Corbin Photography Studio, died on April 11, 1988. A previous marriage ended in divorce.

With her husband Lester, Verda was the co-owner of Corbin Photography Studio, which became Corbin Studio, and finally Corbin River Heritage. She worked there from 1948 - 2012, retiring at age 91.

She authored several books, including Corbin's Cooking - a collection of River recipes and photography. Verda was co-author of The Visgers' World in 1987 - a history of early steamboats in the 1000 Islands and with Shane Hutchinson, Arcadia "Clayton" in 1998 - historical photographs. She was a founding member of the St. Lawrence River Quilters and the Thousand Islands Craft School and Handweaving Museum, currently the T. I. Arts Center. In the 1950s she enjoyed bowling in the league that her husband sponsored.

Verda was a former member of the Clayton Baptist Church and its choir. She was a photographer and an avid reader and writer. She also enjoyed being an artist, working in mediums of photography, Ceramics, Copper and silver enameling, and Quilting.

She is survived by her four children, Patricia Bertrand and husband Richard C., Clayton, Alan R. Hutchinson and wife Marilyn, Clayton, Jack Hutchinson and wife Sandy, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Judith E. Corbin, Springwater; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother Melvin G. Scott and husband Michael Grusd, Rancho Mirage, CA; sister Helen Scott Dombrowsky, Liverpool; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Verda was predeceased by her son-in-law Anthony "Tony" Nolan, two brothers, Leon "Billy" and John E. Scott, and three sisters, Harriett S. Brunig, Hazel Scott Calhoun, and Nettie Scott Gino.

Burial will take place in the summer in St. Lawrence Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent at a time and date to be announced. Masks and social distancing are required for attendance to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Verda's name may be made to either St. Lawrence River Quilters or T. I. Arts Center, both at 314 John St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.


#21 Joan Varsics 2021-01-31 13:38
Hutch and Marilyn,
Jerry and I were saddened to hear of your loss. I never had the pleasure of making your mother's acquaintance, but I have heard she was a lovely lady who will be greatly missed by her loved ones. We will be keeping you in our prayers.
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#20 Bill&Debbie Dermady 2021-01-15 11:25
Verda will always remain in our hearts as a very special woman who delivered Clayton's History through photographs and stories of the past. For many years she has educated many students with her tour at Corbin's Studio aka River Heritage. She inspired many of our students to take up photography, learn about the past and preserve history as well as herstory for the future. As an educator in the community (Debbie) I thank her so much for the numerous hours she spent educating me about Clayton and the surrounding areas. My husband Bill and I spent many a Saturday/Sunday being entertained by her telling of stories of the past. No one will ever replace her. We sure hope someone has taken good notes! Love & Prayers, Debbie & Bill
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#19 Margot Miller 2021-01-12 15:49
Hutch, so sorry to hear of your Mother's death. My sympathy to you and the rest of the family. I do remember her in the store/gallery, and often asked her about some of the photos, especially one of a women in a white Victorian dress holding up a huge fish...I think a muskie, one of my favourite photos/post cards.
What a wonderful historical contribution your family has documented to life on the river.
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#18 Robert Edwards, 2021-01-12 15:02
Verda was a dear friend, and helped us with pictures for our book, Grindstone & Island World Remembered. She was also given exclusive right to the first year of sales. Our family extents are deepest sympathy to the family.
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#17 Linda LaLonde 2021-01-06 15:09
Patty, Dick and all the family, you were very fortunate to have your Mom with you for so long. She lived a long active life. Enjoy sharing all your special memories.
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#16 Bob Youngs 2021-01-05 12:46
My condolences to you Hutch and family on your loss. Your mother lived a long and productive life and she was truly blessed.
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#15 Jack& Susan Woodward 2021-01-05 11:25
We just loved story telling with Verda Corbin. Her store was our go to place for old and new River books and of course photography--th e old black and whites. She always had a story to tell once we got her started. Great memories about May Irwin who rented from her above the store. Thanks for being part of our lives on the .River. Blessings to the family for your and our loss.
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#14 Michael M. Marshall 2021-01-05 08:54
Dear Patty, Hutch, Jack and Judy, Sorry for your loss. Verda was a grand women. Sixty years ago I started going there with my dad and through the years Les and Verda always made you feel welcome. You are all in my thoughts.
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#13 Justin Taylor 2021-01-04 11:07
What a great life Verda. I pass my thoughts and fond memories to my Classmate Judy and Hutch and the rest of the family that I didn't personally know. As the editor and photographer of the Clayton Central School's "Calumet" yearbook, Les and Verda were our source for all film, processing and photo's for the 70 - 72 books.
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#12 DeeDee Fuller 2021-01-04 10:39
My sympathies to Judy, and her family, Verda was a great lady. I enjoyed talking to her about her family especially Judy when I would go to Corbin's Studio to purchase a book. Many good memories.
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