Viola Cordova Kautz, 78, passed away on September 10, 2018, at her home in Arthur City, TX, surrounded by her husband and children.
Viola was born in Loving, Wyoming on November 11, 1939 to Mary Fuentes and Henry Cordova. Her father passed away when she was 2 months old and she was raised by her uncle Joe R. Fuentes and parents Mary & Al Velasquez. She graduated from Liberal High School in Liberal, KS. She married Leroy Kautz in 1958 and started a family along with their farming business. While raising her three children Viola pursued her Bachelor degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Ok and taught Kindergarten for 10 years in Stratford, TX. She then received her Masters Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK and was counselor for the Stratford ISD until her retirement after 25 years of service. Viola also served as a social worker for Coldwater Manor for many years. She loved her church, community and served on many boards and belonged to many organizations. Helping people was her passion and she was always a phone call away from assisting anyone in need. She lived in Stratford, TX for 36 years and then moved to Arthur City, TX in 2001.
Viola is preceded in death by her parents Mary Fuentes, Henry Cordova, Al Velasquez, Uncle Joe R. Fuentes, son Leroy Kautz, Jr., grandson Connor Allen Duffy and granddaughter Aschely Kautz.
Viola is survived by her husband of 60 years, Leroy Kautz and her 3 children Toby Kautz of Arthur City, TX; Jeff (Lynette) Kautz of Stratford, TX; Millie (Robert) Duffy of Heath, TX; Grandchildren: Whitney (Brandon) Surratt of Miami, OK; Chad Kautz of San Diego, CA; Joshua (Meredith) Kautz of Rowlett, TX; April Kautz of Amarillo, TX; Craig (Krista) Kautz of Mustang, OK; Austen (Devon) Duffy of Richardson, TX; Camryn Duffy of Heath, TX; Tanya (James) Proffitt of Irving, TX; Dony (Paula) Kautz of Healdton, OK; Christina (Richard) Murphy of Moore, OK.; Great Grandchildren: Holdyn Kautz, Taylor & Kaylee Kautz; Shelly, Caroline & Abby Murphy; Bentley Surratt; Katya & Dima Proffitt
Siblings: Dorothy Millen of Liberal, KS; Irene (Edward) Kemper of Marietta, OK; Maxine (Jimmy) Montoya of Tucumcari, NM; Shirley (Rueben) Montano of Whitefield, CO; Robert Velasquez of Baker, OK; Ray (Irene) Velasquez of Ulysses, KS; Tom (Diana) Velasquez of Yukon, OK; Abel Velasquez of Liberal, KS; Joe (Cindy) Velasquez of Turpin, OK; Many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Visitation is at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Stratford, TX from 5-7 pm followed by Rosary at 7 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018. Funeral at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Stratford, TX at 10:00 am, Saturday, September 15, 2018, followed by graveside services. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Stratford, 311 N. Main.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Stratford, TX or Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church of Paris, TX.
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