Judith Corbin Housley
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Judith Corbin Housley
  • September 16, 1927 - December 18, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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On December 18, 2017, Judith Corbin Housley, "Judy" to her friends, passed away. Judy was born in El Paso, Texas in 1927 to Alice May ("Dixie") Jacobson and James Miller Jacobson. Dixie later married Capt. Clifford T. ("Tiby") Corbin, a 1926 graduate of the US Naval Academy and the first midshipman from Valdosta Georgia. Judy moved to Annapolis in 1952 and settled in the community of Bay Ridge in 1959.


As a naval daughter Judy moved frequently, living in Coronado, CA; Alexandria and Norfolk, VA; Great Lakes, IL; New Orleans, LA and American Samoa. When WWII broke out, Tiby moved the family to Georgia. Judy graduated from Valdosta High School in 1944 and attended the University of Georgia in Athens where she studied journalism and was a sister in Delta Delta Delta sorority. Her fondest memories were living in Coronado, American Samoa, and Valdosta where she maintained close and lifelong friendships.


Judy's first job was a reporter for the Long Beach Press Telegraph. After moving to Maryland, Judy opened the Calico Cat antique store in Eastport. She worked for Anne Arundel County as a social worker and an economic development coordinator. Judy retired after 18 years as a hostess (tour guide) at the Maryland State House, a job she loved because of the people she met from all over the world and from all walks of life.


Judy supported the arts and appeared in many productions while young in Norfolk, VA, California and later with Colonial Players here in Annapolis. She served as the President of the Annapolis Opera Guild from 1979 to 1981. Judy's passions included bridge, book club, and traveling. She never lost her fondness of the South Pacific and traveled frequently to Samoa, Fiji, and Bali. She actively participated in Habitat for Humanity and enjoyed working on several build teams. Judy founded the Society of '26 Juniors to honor their fathers who graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1926. Judy will be remembered for her outgoing personality, generosity and a desire to help other people. She did not know a stranger. Judy is survived by sister Maureen Cooley of Beaufort South Carolina, son Glenn Housley and daughter Maureen Housley of Annapolis, and son Michael Housley of Warrenton Virginia. She has nine grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers she would appreciate supporting the Bay Ridge Trust and Habitat for Humanity.


The family will receive friends at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 21401 on Saturday from 11 am to 12 Noon. A Memorial Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday at 12 Noon.