Three Generations of Caring

Corkery Family

The Corkery family has been devoted to Seattle Children's for nearly a century. From left, Alberta, Jack, Pearl and George Corkery.

Pearl Corkery, born in 1889, was a committed Seattle Children's volunteer and guild member. She belonged to the Mount Baker Orthopedic Guild, volunteered her time at a hospital thrift store and hand-sewed items for patients. When she passed away in 1980, her estate funded a charitable trust that provided both income for her children and a gift for the hospital's greatest needs.

Pearl Corkery's devotion to Children's inspired the same in her family. Her daughter Alberta supported the hospital as a member of the May E. Stewart Guild. Upon her death in 2006, a bequest from her own estate funded the Alberta Corkery Endowed Fellowship in Pediatric Medicine. Each year, the endowment supports at least 12 physicians' or researchers' pursuit of advanced training in pediatric subspecialties.

Pearl Corkery's son George also provided for Children's in his will. When he passed away in 2008, a bequest from his estate benefited the hospital's greatest needs in honor of his parents.

"Giving to Children's is a family tradition that makes me proud."

Karleen Snetsinger, donor

Karleen Snetsinger

Karleen Snetsinger, Pearl Corkery's granddaughter, is a third-generation donor to Seattle Children's.

Nearly 100 years after Pearl Corkery began supporting Children's, her granddaughter, Karleen Snetsinger, established the Vada May Corkery Endowment for Orthopedics Outcomes Research. The endowment honors Snetsinger's mother, who volunteered in the Orthopedics department for 30 years.

"I wanted to honor my mother for all her years of devoted service by creating an endowment in her name while she is still living," says Snetsinger. The fund will enable the Orthopedics department to establish new national standards of care based on evidence derived from clinical research.

"Giving to Children's is a family tradition that makes me proud," says Snetsinger. "I hope my children will follow in our footsteps."

To learn how to make a legacy gift to Children's, call Lorraine del Prado at 206-987-4977 or Christina Lui at 206-987-6812.