Coralee Jane Townsend was born to Cornelius and Catherine Townsend on October 12, 1993. Coralee's friends and family started calling her Corrie when her younger brother, Philip, was unable to properly pronounce her name.
From an early age, it was apparent that Corrie was a natural born athlete. Her parents took her to gymnastics, martial arts, cheer camps, swimming lessons, ice and roller skating clinics, and she was active in high school volleyball and tennis. Corrie maintained a C average in school and was always on the move.
In junior high, she became best friends with Katie Masters. Corrie and Katie seemed to be attached at the hip; you never saw one without the other. They attended their junior prom together. The boys they went with were also best friends, so they doubled on prom night. The girls were looking forward to their graduation in May.