Esther Faye Hodde, 76, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012 to be received into the loving arms or her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Faye was born January 22, 1936 in Eagle Lake, Texas to Frank and Georgia Schindler. Her parents preceded her in death along with her sister Joyce Streibeck and brother George Schindler. Faye is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 56 years Jim Hodde; her children, Sharron & Bill Dunn, Chris & Jeanie Hodde, Mike & Bonita Hodde and Lisa & Ken Clothier; her grandchildren, John Dunn, Max Hodde, Josh Dunn, Lucas Hodde, Travis Hodde, Anna Dunn, Harry Clothier, Olivia Clothier and Emerson Hodde, along with a multitude of extended family and friends.|
Faye spent her early years on the family farm in the Bernardo prairie area east of Columbus, Texas. Fiercely independent and curious, she created her own fun and reveled in the menagerie of farm animals, wild life and her natural surroundings.
Her primary education and pursuit of excellence began in the one room Willow school house and culminated as the salutatorian of her high school class at Columbus high school in 1953. She attended the University of Texas and later completed her higher education at the University of Houston in 1985. She earned a Bachelor's degree in English with Summa Cum Laude honors and became the first person in her family line to achieve a college education.
Faye began her 30+ year legal career in high school clerking for the Colorado County judge in Columbus, Texas and rose to Sr. Management roles in Legal Administration for three major Houston law firms. Later she joined her husband, Jim Hodde, to aid him in the building and growth of Power Associates International. The contributions of her skill and support were significant in the success that the company enjoys today.
Despite all of her academic and career achievements, Faye was most proud of her family life. In union with her husband Jim Hodde, they built a life together filled with love and unfailing commitment to one another. The house was quickly filled with their children Sharron, Chris, Mike and Lisa where each was raised with an abundance of love, strong values, laughter and joy they share to this day. Faye was always impatient for grandchildren. Her wait was eventually rewarded with nine grandchildren.
With a heart that was universally accepting and big enough for everyone, she was a natural born counselor. Friend and stranger alike were drawn to her for comfort and advice. She loved art, literature, and digging in the flower beds. She had the greenest of thumbs and seemingly could grow anything from thin air. Her cooking was other worldly from simple fare to an elaborate feast. Faye loved the Lord with all her heart and soul.
She was a devoted Catholic where she sought her entire life to know and live in the fullness of Christ. For those she leaves behind her loss is incalculable but they take comfort in the redeeming sacrifice of the cross and the life ever after until are reunited.
The Hodde family will be present to receive friends Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM with a Rosary and Eulogy Service beginning at 4:00 PM at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079. The Funeral Mass will commence Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, Texas 77079. A Committal service will follow the Mass at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus, Texas. Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com to leave online tributes.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2012