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Lurline S. Cordy

May 16, 1924 — October 8, 2023

Corpus Christi

Lurline Scott Staley Cordy was born on May 16th 1924 in Coldwater, Mississippi. She was one of seven siblings born to Carrie and John Franklin Scott, four girls and three boys. Lurline is survived by her children Carolyn (Kenneth) McCallum, Danny (Julie) Staley, Terri (Allen) Bickham, Phillip Cordy and special Sister-In-Law Elva Jean Scott. She leaves behind a legacy of love, including nine grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and fourteen great-greatgrandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and all six siblings, husbands Norman Lee Staley Sr. and Roger Cordy, her children Barbara Joan and Norman Lee Jr. and granddaughter Debbie Sue.

Lurline spent her youth growing up in Swartz, Louisiana during the Great Depression. At the early age of 15, she fell in love and married Norman Staley and together they had four children. Barbara Joan, her first born, tragically passed away before her 1 st birthday. Lurline would go on to have Norman Jr., Carolyn, followed by Danny 5 years later. When Norman left for war, Lurline was left to support their young family while he was away. She took in laundry, sold eggs from her chickens and whatever else she could do to make ends meet. Norman made it home from the war, and shortly afterwards died unexpectedly at the age of 27 during a routine surgery. Lurline continued living in Swartz for a few more years with her children getting by with the help of her family.

When her parents were transferred in the late 40’s, Lurline and her sisters followed, settling in Corpus Christi. It was here that she would meet and marry her second husband, Roger Cordy. It wasn’t long after that she would give birth to her daughter Terri and 4 years later Phillip. Lurline was a homemaker while raising Terri and Phillip during those years; she and Roger would celebrate 50 years of marriage.

One of her greatest joys was the companionship of her sisters and mother. She took great joy in shopping and walking the mall with her sisters and reminisced about those shopping trips almost up to the end. Her children have fond memories of going to Mammie’s house. Lurline, her sisters & Mother would spend the day congregating over coffee and cake and catching up while the kids played outside. Those were sweet memories and the best of times!

In the late 60’s she saw her two eldest sons go off to the Vietnam War. You could always find a map taped to the wall marking their platoon locations and Lurline sitting at the kitchen table faithfully writing letters and sending news from home almost daily. Care packages were lovingly filled with homemade goodies to offer support and encouragement. She was blessed to see both her sons return home safely and go on to have families of their own.

She was most proud to be a member of the” Greatest Generation”. In her 99 years on this earth, she lived through the Great Depression, Prohibition, Pearl Harbor, WWII, the Vietnam War, the assassination of an American President, saw the first man on the moon, 9/11, the Iraq War, the Recession and she made it through the Pandemic! She has witnessed the modernization of America, from Model A’s to electric cars, outhouses to indoor toilets, party lines to cell phones. Despite enduring the loss of two children, and outliving both husbands, Lurline remained strong and resilient, living almost a century on this Earth! She enjoyed good health and drove her beloved red car up into her 90’s, all while living alone in her home without assistance until a couple of years ago. People who met her could not believe she was in her 90’s much less 99. She looked great for her age and even wore flip flops up until a couple of years ago! Lurline appreciated the simpler things in life. She wasn’t a woman of means, but she was content with the things that mattered most, which was her family. She was a loving grandmother to her many grandchildren; she just loved those babies.

Anyone who was close to her knew how brutally honest she could be! She did not shy away from telling you if you had gained weight or if you needed to lay off the sweets! She would always say that she would want someone to be that honest with her and tell her. We, all loved this about her, that was Lurline!

When she moved into the Future Focus Care of Corpus Christi facility, her loved ones would visit her daily, she was never forgotten! Our family was looking forward to planning her 100th birthday party, but on October 8th, her body wore out and she went home to be with her Lord and Savior. Lurline led a remarkable life and leaves behind a legacy of strong children!

The family would like to express the love that Future Focus Care of Corpus Christi gave her in the year that she was with them and the loving care she received from Christus Spohn Hospice.

In celebrating Lurline’s life, we remember her strength, resilience and her commitment to family. Her journey through history will forever inspire us. Rest in peace Mother until we meet again.

To honor Lurline Cordy's life, a visitation will be held from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM on October 16, 2023, at Sawyer George Funeral home located at 12497 Leopard St., in Corpus Christi, Texas. Following the visitation will be a Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at the same location. Lastly, a Graveside Service will take place at Memory Gardens at 12:30pm.

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Monday, October 16, 2023

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Monday, October 16, 2023

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Monday, October 16, 2023

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