Maggie McCorkle, a pillar of the Cherry Grove community, passed away in New York City on October 15. She had had a massive stroke and had long suffered the effects of rheumatoid arthritis as a result of having had Lyme disease. Audrey Hartmann, her erstwhile longtime partner, was with her when she died, according to Joan Van Ness.
Maggie was involved with the Arts Project of Cherry Grove, which was founded in 1948, from its inception and participated in many theatrical productions. Her final show, in 1998, was Sal Piro’s “You Go Girl!!” in which her solo song was “(She’s just my) Jill,” a tailor-made parody of “Bill,” from “Showboat.” She came to most subsequent shows to cheer the cast on and was always welcomed backstage as she offered words of encouragement.
It is safe to say that Maggie McCorkle will be sorely missed.