OBITUARY

Cordelia "Cordy" Phillips

16 March , 19304 July , 2019
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Cordelia “Cordy” M. Phillips, 89, of Pasadena, Texas was called to her Heavenly Home on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Pasadena, Texas following a brief illness.

Cordy was born in Mountain Grove, Missouri on March 16, 1930, and was preceded in death by her parents Henry A. McCarty and Ida Belle Deavers McCarty. She was the youngest daughter and was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings: Nola Freeman, Chester McCarty, Ruby McCarty, Beulah Snyder, Dorothy Gossett, John McCarty and Doris Jean Darter. She graduated from Marionville High School. She worked at Service Life Insurance Company in Omaha, Nebraska. Following the untimely death of her first husband, Milton Beightol, she moved with her young son, Dale Beightol to Atlanta, Georgia. Through sheer determination she started a new life and career as an accountant at HB Fuller (HBF) Company where she remained for 17 years before relocating to Houston, Texas in 1980 and retired from HBF with 37 years of service.

She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Pasadena where she participated in a number of community mission activities, and once she could no longer actively participate in Church Builders, she sponsored others to attend and carry on the mission of rebuilding churches. She attended the Missions group to hear from, support and pray for local and international missionaries.

She and her late husband, Bill Phillips, enjoyed traveling the world and developed friendships from across the globe. They particularly enjoyed taking cruises here and abroad and despite his death five years ago, she was not deterred and lived her life to the fullest continuing to cruise until six weeks ago when she sailed her last of 101 cruises. Cordy was known for her infectious laughter and positive outlook on life even until her last breath. She was loved and is mourned not only by her family but her extended family of friends.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Milton Beightol of Columbus, Nebraska; Harold Gustafson of Carter Lake, Iowa; and, William R. Phillips of Pasadena, Texas.

Cordy is survived by her son, Dale Beightol, from her marriage to Milton Beightol in 1952; her marriage to Harold Gustafson in 1983 include step-children: Carol Ethridge (Rick); Dale Gustafson, Bonnie Gustafson, Judy Elliot (Roger); and Marla Gustafson (Brett); her marriage in 2006 to Bill Phillips include step-children: Michael Phillips (Elma), Tim Phillips (Carla), Patti Roberts (Demetrius); and finally, a friend she called her “daughter”, Mary Cole (Bill). She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 2 great, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, particularly one that was like a sister and to whom she referred to as “Sissie,” Louise Wilson. And, lastly, AnneMarie Kerth, great granddaughter (age 2) who referred to Nana as “my best friend.”

The family gratefully acknowledges a special team of close friends dubbed, “Cordy’s Angels” who kept close vigil over the years: Jana Blair, Mary Cole and Nan Mayo. The family is grateful to her medical care team, particularly Dr. Mohammed Quraishi and Dr. Theodore Yang; and, to the kind staff at the Courtyards Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility of Pasadena.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Pasadena, Beyond These Walls Ministry or Helping Hands Ministry.

Pastor Jon Redmond will officiate the celebration of her life at the Chapel of First Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Visitation 9:00am; Service 10:00am. Internment will follow at Grand View Funeral Home & Memorial Park Cemetery in Pasadena, Texas 77505.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dale Beightol , Honorary
  • Mark Alberthal , Pallbearer
  • Randy Blair, Pallbearer
  • Bill Cole, Pallbearer
  • Doug Felps, Pallbearer
  • Doug McCarty, Pallbearer
  • John Perego, Pallbearer

Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends Tuesday, 9 July , 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, 9 July , 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, 9 July , 2019

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Mary Cole

4 September 2019

Our dear Nana Cordy has been a mother figure to me for nearly 34 years and Nana to our two daughters, Kristin and Kimberly, and to our two year old granddaughter, AnneMarie who dubbed her, “my best friend”. AnneMarie loved Nana’s lap the best and she would easily fall asleep for her Nana. Nana Cordy was an integral part of our family who was ever present at many dance and piano recitals, extracurricular events, year-round holiday and birthday festivities, Nana Cordy was sure to attend all of our family milestone events. We enjoyed cooking together, playing many a card game and dominoes, and shared many cups of coffee and soulful talks. She was always so caring and loved us all unconditionally. We will never forget her laughter, fun loving ways, her strong and determined spirit and her zest to live life fully. Mom, Nana Cordy will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Billy, Eden, Jeff, Julie, Melanie, Gracie, Maike, and Torin Palmatary

8 July 2019

We the Palmatary’s and Fields were so blessed to have had the pleasure to spend many special memories with Cordy for the past 40 years. Cordy worked with our Father at H..B. Fuller for many years and that’s what brought Cordy into our life. Thank you for the opportunity to be a friend to Cordy for all these years and she will be missed. Thoughts and prayers from the Palmatary’s and Fields.

Jan Pittman

7 July 2019

Cordy, we met on a cruise and not only did we have a hilarious time ( always being the noisy laughing table in the dining room ) we became good friends. We stayed in contact and met when you came to Atlanta. You and Bill were the cutest couple and you were the darling of the crowd. We were blessed to know you and I am thankful that you had a blast cruising till the end. You are with your beloved Bill, still cruising. God has a new angel and we may have lost an earthly friend but have the blessing of having known you. We miss you sweet lady and will meet you on Heaven’s dock in the future. Much love. All and Jan ❤️

Mark Alberthal

7 July 2019

I met Cordy years ago on a cruise out of Galveston. It was not long after she had lost Bill. We became friends and traveled several cruises around the world with other friends. She always told everyone that I pushed her to become Pinnacle on Royal Caribbean (which I did do cause I knew she could). I told her one time that she was like a cat with 9 lives and she was on number 15 with everything that happened to her but with the Lord's help, she was still able to do a lot before she was called home!

Bon Voyage Cordy and I'll see you at the Pearly Gates some day!

Diana Clark

7 July 2019

Our condolences to Cordy's son and family, and to the many lives she touched. We were blessed to meet Cordy & Bill on their last cruise together and since that time our family developed a friendship with Cordy. Even though Cordy was 89 years old, she kept herself busy with cruising, spending time with friends & church. We enjoyed her travel stories & adventures. We will miss you Cordy, but we know we will see you again and that you are at peace. Thank you for being our friend.
-Love from the Clark family.

Bethany Phillips

5 July 2019

She sit next Joan Davis and I at church we know where she is now.

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Biography

Cordelia “Cordy” M. Phillips, 89, of Pasadena, Texas was called to her Heavenly Home on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Pasadena, Texas following a brief illness.

Cordy was born in Mountain Grove, Missouri on March 16, 1930, and was preceded in death by her parents Henry A. McCarty and Ida Belle Deavers McCarty. She was the youngest daughter and was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings: Nola Freeman, Chester McCarty, Ruby McCarty, Beulah Snyder, Dorothy Gossett, John McCarty and Doris Jean Darter. She graduated from Marionville High School. She worked at Service Life Insurance Company in Omaha, Nebraska. Following the untimely death of her first husband, Milton Beightol, she moved with her young son, Dale Beightol to Atlanta, Georgia. Through sheer determination she started a new life and career as an accountant at HB Fuller (HBF) Company where she remained for 17 years before relocating to Houston, Texas in 1980 and retired from HBF with 37 years of service.

She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Pasadena where she participated in a number of community mission activities, and once she could no longer actively participate in Church Builders, she sponsored others to attend and carry on the mission of rebuilding churches. She attended the Missions group to hear from, support and pray for local and international missionaries.

She and her late husband, Bill Phillips, enjoyed traveling the world and developed friendships from across the globe. They particularly enjoyed taking cruises here and abroad and despite his death five years ago, she was not deterred and lived her life to the fullest continuing to cruise until six weeks ago when she sailed her last of 101 cruises. Cordy was known for her infectious laughter and positive outlook on life even until her last breath. She was loved and is mourned not only by her family but her extended family of friends.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Milton Beightol of Columbus, Nebraska; Harold Gustafson of Carter Lake, Iowa; and, William R. Phillips of Pasadena, Texas.

Cordy is survived by her son, Dale Beightol, from her marriage to Milton Beightol in 1952; her marriage to Harold Gustafson in 1983 include step-children: Carol Ethridge (Rick); Dale Gustafson, Bonnie Gustafson, Judy Elliot (Roger); and Marla Gustafson (Brett); her marriage in 2006 to Bill Phillips include step-children: Michael Phillips (Elma), Tim Phillips (Carla), Patti Roberts (Demetrius); and finally, a friend she called her “daughter”, Mary Cole (Bill). She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 2 great, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, particularly one that was like a sister and to whom she referred to as “Sissie,” Louise Wilson. And, lastly, AnneMarie Kerth, great granddaughter (age 2) who referred to Nana as “my best friend.”

The family gratefully acknowledges a special team of close friends dubbed, “Cordy’s Angels” who kept close vigil over the years: Jana Blair, Mary Cole and Nan Mayo. The family is grateful to her medical care team, particularly Dr. Mohammed Quraishi and Dr. Theodore Yang; and, to the kind staff at the Courtyards Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility of Pasadena.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Pasadena, Beyond These Walls Ministry or Helping Hands Ministry.

Pastor Jon Redmond will officiate the celebration of her life at the Chapel of First Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Visitation 9:00am; Service 10:00am. Internment will follow at Grand View Funeral Home & Memorial Park Cemetery in Pasadena, Texas 77505.