1972 - 2014 Kristen Ann Cordes, 42, of Woodville, passed away, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Woodville, Texas Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Woodville United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Raymond A. Parker and Reverend Amanda Davis. Kristen was born February 28, 1972 to Richard and Dede Cordes in Tyler, Texas. After graduating from Woodville High School, Kristen enrolled at Northwestern University in Natchitoches Louisiana on a full scholarship. She transferred to Stephen F. Austin the following year, majoring in Political Science and Administrative Law. She graduated Summa Cum Laude despite having two wonderful babies and working part time. Kristen is a lifetime member of the alumni association at SFA. For a period of time she worked in the legal profession following a move to Beaumont. She was a member of the Sweet Adeline International Chorus. She recently relocated back to Woodville, Texas where she pursued interests in political analysis. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Allyson Gay of Nederland; son, Mikal Andrew Gay of College Station; parents, Dick and Dede Cordes of Woodville; sister, Kelly Dillard & husband, Robby of Woodville; nephews, Darin Dillard, Austin Dillard, Turner Dillard, and Harrison Dillard; uncle, William Clay Gerke of Houston; aunt, Catherine Yule of Tyler; cousins, Byron Gerke & wife, Erin of Willis, Kimberly Gerke of Houston, and Allison Offield & husband, Bill of Lawton, OK; her best friends ever, James Knapp of Woodville and Yvette & Keith Morgan of Silsbee. Memorials may be made to Woodville United Methodist Church or Woodville Animal Shelter Feline Facility, 1499 N. Magnolia, Woodville, Texas 75979.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 18, 2014