Sybil Ann Corsi
Sybil Ann Corsi Crook was born Oct. 9, 1921 to George Elmo Corsi and Annie
Ames Corsi. She was born in Afton and came home to a two-room log home in
Etna. Sybil was the second child of five. Her grandpa Corsi and her grandpa
Ames were the first to homestead in Etna.
When she was old enough, she attended a four-room schoolhouse in Etna. In
the spring and fall children rode in a wagon to school and in the winter a
sleigh covered with a canvas top and equipped with a pot bellied stove in
the winter to keep warm. To get to the bus stop in the winter, Sybil’s dog
pulled them on skis down the lane.
When it was time for high school, most of the lower valley kids roomed with
people in Aft during the week because the school was too far away to travel
every day. She roomed with June Bennion.
Sybil met Blane when they were children. They grew up as neighbors. They
were married in San Luis Obispo, Calif., while Blane was in the military.
She lived with her parents while Blane was gone to war. They were later
sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
In about 1948, Blane and Sybil purchased land in Etna, where they built a
four-room underground house, which became the basement of the home where
they spent the rest of their lives. They started their farm with 160 acres
and one cow. With much hard work they were able to increase their farm to
331 acres and a modest dairy herd.
As she got older the farm work got harder for her. She kept herself busy
feeding her calves and supervising the work being done in the fields. If she
wasn’t on her four-wheeler she had a pair of binoculars to keep an eye on
the tractors. No one had to sit broken down, nor could they try to take a
nap because Sybil was either on her four-wheeler or calling Leone to run see
what the problem was. She loved to take all of the little kids out to see
the calves when they came to visit and she got a kick of our persuading them
to let the calves such on their fingers.
One of Sybil’s most favorite times was dancing with Blane and meeting with
their friends. She also loved to play volleyball. She played on the Etna
team for many years and was awarded a trophy for being the oldest player in
the league. She was 64-years-old at the time.
Sybil was an independent and very strong woman. She endured many challenges
throughout her life. She took care of Blane after his stroke for six years.
She ran the farm with the help of her sons. In april 2006 she was trampled
by a sick cow. Many thought she would not survive this ordeal, but from that
time on her health began to decline.
She passed away on May 9 . 2012 at the age of 90. She left behind two
children, Vern and Spencer Crook, nine grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren
and seven great great grandchildren