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Obituary: Ila Marie Corbin
Ila Marie Corbin
Ila Marie Corbin

Ila Marie Thompson Corbin was born in Kingman on Oct. 4, 1956. She passed on Thursday, Jan. 17, after a short illness. She was the first child of Kenneth and Lynda Thompson and the sixth generation of the Stephens/Cornwall families in Mohave County.

Ila attended Kingman schools, graduating from Kingman High School. She grew up hunting and fishing with her family and was active in high school sports, lettering in volleyball and basketball. She was the first of her family to graduate from college, attending Northern Arizona University with a major in law office administration.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Michael Corbin, in 1978, and the young couple resided in Phoenix and Globe before they returned to Kingman where Mike's career with DPS stationed him. They raised two daughters here in Kingman with whom they shared their passion for the outdoors. They spent several of the more recent years in Tucson and finally in Casa Grande before returning in April to Kingman in retirement.

Ila spent most of her life helping others, advocating for the rights and funding for handicapped children in the school systems and working to protect women and children. She was employed by the Mohave County Bar Association, where she performed "pro bono" legal document prep for local attorneys. In this position, she helped low-income people get access for completing divorces and orders of protection, defended tenants' rights and dealt with the everyday crises that beset our society, always using her honesty, her diligence and personal perseverance to get the job done.

She later began her own business, Legal Alternatives, to further the access for people into the legal system.

Ila was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Gus and Tiny Reichardt of Kingman. She is survived by her husband, Michael Corbin of Kingman; daughters, Stacy Marie Corbin-Payne (Jon) of Westminster, Calif., and Kimberly Ann Corbin of Kingman; two grandchildren, Corbin and Kayden Payne; parents, Kenneth and Lynda Thompson of Prescott, Ariz.; brothers, August Thompson of Phoenix and Kenneth Lane Thompson of Lake Havasu; sister, Norine Lynn Thompson of Spirit Lake, Iowa; nephews, Timothy and Trevor Thompson of Phoenix and Will Ebert of Polk City, Iowa, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services are pending through Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Susan (Riggenbach) Brown

Augie, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I do have such wonderful memories of Ila. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Sheral Rolfe

My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of working with Ila for a while at WACOG. She was a pleasure and really nice to everyone.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Gail Tarson

Tiger, Ken and to the rest of the family,
I am so sorry for our loss of Ila. I will be forever grateful for knowing her. May you all find comfort in your many happy memories.

Much love and prayers.
Gail (Stevenson) Tarson

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: erick c rawford

stacey,sorry for your loss, your mom was a wonderful lady that helped many god bless

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

To Lynda and Ken, Elise and Gussie, my thoughts and prayers are with you all and Mike and daughters.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: John Conneally

My prayers for Mike and the rest of the family.

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: Mary (Potter) Cosper

Wow...as kids,Tweetie and crawled over the fence to play from grandma Riechardt to the Potters..to Lynda, Elise, Gussie,,,, those were the days, I am so filled with sadness, my childhood friend gone. I know God has a reason to bring her home so early, but my heart is full of saddness for all of you.
Love to all of you during this diffiicult time. to Mike, you were the love of her life, know it's hard. My prayers are with you and family at this time.


Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: Mindy (Cobb) VanSlyke

I to have very fond memories of Ila in high school, she always had a beautiful smile and brought happiness to all who knew her. How wonderful to still be married to your high school sweetheart who is also loved by all. Hugs and prayers to the family. RIP Ila..

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Lynda Peace

Ila was a good friend in high school. I hope time will help soften the pain you now have. She will be remembered by all of those that she touched in her lifetime. My prayers are with her loved ones, she will be missed by many.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Dana Davis-Barber

To the Corbin and Thompson families,
Ila was a good friend in high school and always had a great smile for everyone she met.
I pray that time softens the hurt you now feel, and that you are left with all the wonderful memories of her. She will be missed.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Lynda, Kenny and Ila's husband, daughters and all the family,

It is with a very heavy heart I send my sincere prayers and condolences in the loss of Ila.

Please know many of us will continue in prayer for all of you to find strength and peace and rest in the days to come. Ila obviously made a difference in this world and you can all be so proud of that.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Starr Herridge

Mike, Ken, Linda and the entire family,
My heart breaks for you at your loss. The world is mourning the loss of a womoan who was an insperation to her daughters, family, friends and the people she touched in her life.
Blessings and strength to all of you.
Starr Herridge

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Good Begets Good

Ila, you were a good force in our community, and did much to help local families. May heaven reward you abundantly.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Curtis Cutshaw

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ila's family. This very sad news, I have very good memories growing up around the corner from the family. Rest in peace Ila, you will be missed by many.

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