Helen Margaret Corey

July 25, 1935January 5, 2020

Helen Margaret (Jamison) Corey, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 5, 2020 at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Raleigh, NC. Born on July 25, 1935 in Youngstown, Ohio; she was the daughter of the late Frank Alexander Jamison and Doris Margaret (Ryan) Jamison. Helen graduated from Malden High School in Malden MA in 1953 and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1957 with a degree in Economics.

She began her career at the University of Michigan in the Southeast Asian Regional English Project. After taking some time to raise her children, she resumed her professional career in 1980 as a Realtor at the Charles Reinhart Company in Ann Arbor. She rose to manager of Reinhart’s West office in 1990. She is remembered for the respect she showed the Reinhart administrative staff, inviting them to a Christmas Lunch at her home every holiday season.

Helen was an avid tennis player at the Ann Arbor Racquet Club, enthusiastic reader of literature and murder mysteries, and lover of contemporary art. She was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and University of Michigan football. She loved to spend time at the beach and had a fondness for the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

She loved dogs, starting with her uncle’s Airedale Teddy, and the Corey family dog Susie Beagle. In her later years she loved to spend time with her daughter’s Goldens: Chance and Maizie.

She is lovingly remembered by her three children: Anne C. Baney and husband Dr. Rick Baney, of Melbourne, FL, Sarah C. Corey, of Raleigh NC, and John W. Corey and wife Julie, of Ann Arbor, MI; by her five grandchildren: Victoria A. Baney, Caroline L. Baney, Jackson C. Baney, Mary A. Corey and Graham J. Corey; by her siblings: John Jamison and partner Paula Zabierek, of Newburyport, MA and Elizabeth J. Jamison, of Lake Oswego, OR; niece Katie Abrahams, and by numerous other family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday February 1st, 2:00pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor - 1432 Washtenaw Avenue 48104. Family will receive friends following the service at the Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Avenue Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 from 3-5 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to Transitions LifeCare – 250 Hospice Circle – Raleigh, NC 27607 or the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.


1 February

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor

1432 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

1 February

Reception to Follow

3:00 pm

Ann Arbor City Club

1830 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


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Marsha Volchoff

January 16, 2020

Helen and I worked together for many years on the Reinhart management team. I could always count on her for support and encouragement. She ran a great office and handled herself with grace, intelligence and logical thinking at all times. There weren't many women in upper management positions when she took on the job. She was a great friend and a pleasure to work with. I still miss her.

My deepest sympathy to the whole family.

Diane Irwin

January 16, 2020

I have been the Office Manager of the Saline Office for 22 years, and met Helen shortly after I started. At first I was afraid of her! She spoke her mind, and never pulled any punches! I grew to love her as I got to know her. She was really a softie, deep down inside. I missed her when she retired. I was just thinking about her about a week ago. I'm happy that she is at peace now. My condolences to her whole family.

Nancy Bowerbank

January 10, 2020

I am forever grateful for the guidance and mentorship I received from Helen when I was a new Realtor at the Reinhart West office. Helen had the right combination of grit, sophistication and heart to work with a brash younger agent who needed insight in order to be effective. Helen's famous words, tone it down, hold back a little Nancy made all the difference. She knew the rules of engagement with people at all social levels, and shared her knowledge freely. She could appear tough and cool on the outside but inside she always had a soft spot for me and others. She had a tremendous work ethic and was respected by all who knew her. I am praying for her family that all of her wonderful memories and friends keep her spirit alive.

Marcia and Mario Merola

January 8, 2020

Farewell Miss Helen. We will always remember you.

Chuck Reinhart

January 8, 2020

It has been my long time pleasure to have worked with Helen as an
associate and a most effective manager for our company. We so much enjoyed her intellect and good humor.
She was an important part of our Company through our formative
My sincere sympathies to all of the Corey family.
Chuck Reinhart

Teri Bachota

January 8, 2020

Corey family,
I send my deepest sympathies.
What a blessing to have the opportunity to care for your sweet mom. She kept me in stitches. I will think of Helen every time I “get out there and walk” or go to Target (not to be pronounced whimsically Tar-jay) or see tuxedo cookies, or pass by a golden colored dog.
Sara thank you for your caring, generous spirit. HELP, THANKS, WOW.!
You all are in my most heart felt prayers, for comfort, peace and unity.
Kindest Regards,

Vickie Matthews

January 7, 2020

My heart hurts. Helen was my friend and my "boss lady". She was sassy, smart, photogenic, and taught me much about real estate. We shared laughs and we shared some sad times. Blessings to her children and grandchildren as she was so proud of all of you!

Judyy Kurkjian

January 6, 2020

My condolences and love to Anne,John and Sarah and their families on the loss of their mother and grandmother.
Helen was a dear and loyal friend for many years. We shared happy and sad times together and had much in common. She was bright, witty, funny and always had a comment about things going on in life around us. Helen loved Ann Arbor and the arts. She often attended the events that were part of the city life. Of course she will be remembered as an excellent realtor as a member of Reinhart Real Estate Company.
Helen will be missed by many of her wide variety of friends.

Nancy White

January 6, 2020

I loved Helen when she was living in Ann Arbor and missed her when she wasn’t. She had a gift for dress and style. her home reflected that also she and I spent many hours poolside at Racquet Club talking about things and people. Mainly people!!Goodbye, Helen, until we meet again. My thoughts are with you Ann.Sarah and John.

Ashley Adams

January 5, 2020

I will forever remember Ms. Helen Corey. Her light brought so many smiles. Through her health battles, she always made time for humor, to lighten the mood. Up until Helens last days, she shared her love of her children, most of all, Sara. I am so thankful she chose Brighton Gardens of Raleigh to care for her. May peace and sweet memories fill your heart during this difficult time.