Mina Margaretha Haug Cory


Mina Margaretha Haug Cory, 100, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 14, at the Hampton Care Center, Southampton.

Mrs. Cory was born on September 29, 1911 in the Yorkville section of New York City. Following high school, she worked with her father, “a carriage harness maker” at his shop on East 75th Street where she subsequently met and married The Rev. David Munroe Cory and moved to Brooklyn.

While raising her children, she worked alongside her husband and did volunteer work for the Industrial Home for the Blind and the Queens Hospital. Her first paying job was as clerk with the Brooklyn Division of the Protestant Council. Subsequently, her career included employment in the Shareholders Relations Department at AT&T, and finally, she was in charge of the Communication Center of the American Sugar Company.

Following retirement she worked for the New York City Convention and Visitors Bureau until age 85. Mrs. Cory moved permanently to her summer home (purchased in 1941) in Southampton Shores. Here, she enjoyed her retirement and her five years as a volunteer at Southampton Hospital.

Among Mrs. Cory’s passions were cooking, especially her expertise in German fare, the opera and travel. She is survived by her sister Dr. Elsie Haug of Chicago, Ill., children Mina Kahofer (Kurt) of Wainscott, Daniel Cory (Toi) of Brooklyn, John Cory (Doris) of Mystic Conn., daughter-in-law Nancy Cory of Sag Harbor, nine grandchildren, 11 great- grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sister Bertha Dean, brother Frederick Haug, son David Cory and grandson Scott Cory.

Arrangements are being handled by Yardley & Pino Funeral Home and a memorial celebration of Mrs. Cory’s life is planned for Saturday, August 18, 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian (Old Whalers’) Church, 44 Union Street, Sag Harbor. Memorial donations may be made to Southampton Hospital, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton NY 11968 and The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, PO Box 327, Sag Harbor NY 11963.