February 6, 1961 ~ June 16, 2020
Born in: Detroit, Michigan
Resided in: La Quinta, California
Martha N. Corbett, 59 years old, resident of Manhattan Beach (2003-2019) and resident of La Quinta (2019-2020), surrounded by her family, passed away on June 16, 2020.
Born February 6, 1961, in Detroit, Michigan, Martha earned her Bachelor of Accountancy from Walsh College and became a Certified Public Accountant. She joined Coopers & Lybrand, LLP in 1983 and was admitted to the partnership in 1999 (of PwC post-merger) as part of the Advisory line of service.
In 2003, Martha transferred from the Bloomfield Hills Michigan office to Los Angeles where she would go on to serve in several national and market leadership roles while serving some of the firm’s largest clients. Martha served as the Advisory Global Mobility and Inbound Market Leader, Managing Partner for Southern California (which included two thousand partners and staff in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas) and on the leadership team for the cross lines of service Market and Diversity Councils before retiring from the firm in 2016.
In addition to her many leadership roles within the firm, Martha was also a leader in the communities she served. Martha held a Community Leadership Board Member role with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), was a Board Member and Chair of the Annual Campaign for United Way of Los Angeles, and was a Board Member on the St. Anne’s Maternity Home, amongst others. After retirement from the firm, Martha continued on the Board of CHLA and served as a Board Member and Audit Chair of First Foundation Bank.
Held in high regard by her colleagues and the communities she served, Martha was intelligent, hard-working, loyal, and above all – caring. Martha was passionate about the initiatives she championed and was well-recognized for her commitment to others, especially her family. She treasured her children and life partner, cherished every moment with them and would go above and beyond to better their lives. What always mattered most to her was ensuring that her family felt the unconditional love she had for them and support that she would always be there for them. She was an unwavering proponent for all of her children’s endeavors – both personally and professionally.
Martha was the kind of woman who never did anything half-hearted. In addition to becoming the first woman to lead one of PwC’s major markets on the west coast as the Managing Partner for SoCal, she was the top fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, she received the Angel Award from St. Anne’s, she was recognized as a woman of distinction in the downtown Los Angeles area, and she was a wonderful spouse of 33 years – to mention just a few of the notable accomplishments she held dear.
Martha was an avid international traveler, always exploring the world and bringing her family and sisters to experience new countries at every opportunity. She loved throwing parties and gathering those that mattered most together for Sunday night dinners, holidays and birthdays.
She strongly believed in continuous learning, always bettering herself and those around her. She believed that creating an environment that fostered love would help grow all aspects important to her life – growing herself, loving her family, fostering her friendships and appreciating her business colleagues.
Martha’s personal interests were many; she loved gardening, yoga, going to the spa, shopping, cats, best-selling novels, long walks, and conversing with friends and family about books, business or life. Friendship was extremely important to Martha and her loyalty to those in her life was fierce. She had many friends, those that she cherished and valued uniquely, and would do anything for them. She was happy, had a great sense of humor, and loved to laugh. Her smile and laughter were truly special.
Her family, along with all the lives of friends and colleagues she impacted, are better off having known Martha. She was someone that you could always count on. She will be missed by many.
Martha is survived by her husband (of 33 years) Tim, children Andrew, Paige (Aaron), Chase, grandchild Savannah, mother Maryhelen and siblings Georgia (Mike), Alan (Karen), Brian, Virginia, Catherine (John), Richard and David. Martha is also survived by 20 nieces and nephews and Tim’s siblings and their spouses.
Martha is preceded in death by her father Norman and brother Mark.
A funeral service (limited to 100 attendees due to Covid-19) will be held on June 30, 2020 at St. Mels Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to any of the causes Martha held dear – the CJD Foundation, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, St. Anne’s Maternity Home, or Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.