Updated: Fri 7:18 AM, Mar 15, 2013
July 15, 1937 – March 12, 2013
After an extended and valiant battle with cancer, Jean Cordell, 75, went peacefully home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 12, 2013.
Jean was born in Bryan, to James Addison and Ruby Carnahan McQueen. She grew up in Bryan and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School. She attended Texas Tech University and graduated from Southern Methodist University, with a degree in Secondary Education and Home Economics. Following graduation, she taught Homemaking in the Dallas school system.
In 1960, Jean married William Forrest Cordell, Jr. They lived in Texas and New Jersey, where he was a pilot in the United States Air Force. Following his death, she returned to Bryan, where she raised their son, Bill.
Jean was a lifelong member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, where she served in various ways through the years: from Sunday School teacher to Sunday morning greeter to member of the Daughters of the King, to list a few. During her years in Bryan, she was a member of several clubs and volunteer groups. She worked part-time at TAMU for 10 years; was a realtor with Brazosland Realty; but found her "true calling" in 1986 marketing and leasing apartments at Walden/Grand Court Retirement Community in Bryan, where the residents became like family. She retired in 2004.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. She is survived by her son, William F. (Bill) Cordell, III, of Dallas; the family God blessed her with: Janie Rhodes, as her daughter, her husband, David, and their children, Stephen, Hunter, and Savannah, all of College Station; a niece, Kymm Speight, and her daughters Ashton and Aspen, all of Boerne; a cousin, Vonni Reel, of Austin; many cherished friends; and special doggies, Taffy and Cricket.
The family would like to express appreciation beyond words to the staff of Lampstand Health and Rehab of Bryan, as well as to the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice. These caregivers have a very special place in our hearts, and we will never forget the care and love they showed at such a difficult time. Also, many thanks go out to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center team that provided several years of caring and expert medical treatment: Dr. Michael Kupferman, Dr. Jesse Selber, and Justine Robinson, P.A. Additionally, local physician, Dr. Anna Damian, and her staff, were extraordinarily caring and supportive throughout the last several years.
Visitation will be at Hillier Funeral Home on Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 3:00.
Memorials may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church or to the Brazos Animal Shelter.
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