Coradene Edna Autry, age 79, passed following a short illness on Nov. 12, 2013, in Tyler, Texas. Coradene was born to Charlene Kerran Danford and Doss Danford in Thomas, Okla., on March 29, 1934. Her natural father passed away when she was very young, and her mother moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico. Her mother married H.T. Page and he adopted Coradene.
She graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1951. Coradene attended the University of New Mexico. She returned to Carlsbad and worked for many years in the family business, Potash Mines Transportation. She later moved to Midland, Texas, and Phoenix, Ariz., when the business was expanded to those areas as All Aboard America. She loved to travel and was always up for moving to a new house or stopping at a casino.
While in Carlsbad, she was active in Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority and was a volunteer at the hospital auxiliary. She was a life member of the Carlsbad Chapter of the BPO Does organization. While living in Payson, Ariz., she participated in the Red Hats organization.
Coradene leaves behind a daughter, Pamela Jones (Randy) of Troup, Texas; a son, Jack D. Wigley (Benay) of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Adrian Karger (Bryce), and Jacey Wigley of Gilbert, Ariz.; stepson, Jayson Wigley (Reagan) of Gilbert and his children were also very important to her. She had four step-grandsons, and nine step-great grandchildren.
There will be no service in accordance with her wishes. Her family will hold a private Celebration of her life at a later date. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Home Place Hospice of East Texas at 4111 University Drive, Tyler, TX 75701.
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on Nov. 14, 2013