Eunice Marlene Cords

August 02, 1934 - November 11, 2020

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Wednesday, November 18, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel

Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel


Thursday, November 19, 10:30 AM
Wolcottville United Methodist Church


Eunice Marlene Cords, 86, of Wolcottville passed from this life to the next on November 11, 2020, after sudden health complications.

She was born August 2, 1934, in Tenstrike, Minnesota, to Christian A. and Emily A. (Richardson) Ketchum.

She was married to Donald H. Cords November 23, 1955, in Winamac, Indiana. He preceded her in death on August 27, 2017.

Mrs. Cords taught for Lakeland School Corporation for 33 years with a teaching career of 42 years. She attained a BS in Music, MS in Elementary Education and a Ph.D. as a Reading Specialist. Her elementary school teaching touched thousands of students.

She was a member of the Wolcottville United Methodist Church, Psi Iota Xi Sorority, and Delta Kappa Gamma.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, writing, and instructing music. Mrs. Cords was a church organist or pianist at several local churches. Her musicality allowed her to play and instruct students in various musical instruments, including piano, concert organ, banjo, accordion, violin, and cello. She trained hundreds of students on how to play these instruments. Mrs. Cords was also voice coach to dozens of students to attain regional popularity in parts of the US. She transcribed music for those who were unable to read or write music aiding them to publish their songs.

Mrs. Cords gave all of her effort into everything she did. She was a dedicated, loving, wonderful mother and wife, providing strength and guidance to her children. Many owe much to her guidance and mentorship to their success in life.

Surviving are two daughters, Chrisanne E. Watt of Aurora, Colorado; and Michele L. Hagood of Wolcottville; two sons, Steven F. Cords of Wolcottville and Michael A. Cords of Howe; three grandchildren, Quinn and Victoria Hagood, in Texas; Ian Watt, in Colorado; and a brother, Kermit Ketchum in Arizona.

Calling is Wednesday, November 18, 2020, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9, Wolcottville, and one hour before the services at the church on Thursday.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 10:30 am at the Wolcottville United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Mathews officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville.

Preferred memorials are to the Wolcottville United Methodist Church.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Jeanne Spreuer
November 18th, 2020 8:35pm

Mrs. Cords was an exceptional teacher, role model and mentor and I had the utmost respect for her. She was also a highly accomplished person who was very generous about sharing her gifts. She was one of the special ones.

Kari (Franke) Parker and Brad Parker
November 18th, 2020 1:23am
Albion, IN

Loved Eunice! Taught Brad and I in both 2nd and 6th grade. I took voice and piano lessons from her all through school. What a lady! In my adult life, still asked her for teaching advice etc. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Heaven has truly gained a spectacular woman!

June Wood
November 17th, 2020 11:45pm

Mrs. Cords was one of my favorite teachers. I also had her for piano and voice. My children took lessons in guitar and piano. I will never forget her laugh. It was infectious. I’m so sorry for your families loss. She was a gem.

Rachel Bir Stroop
November 16th, 2020 5:50pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of taking voice lessons from Eunice as well as then working with her at Wolcott Mills for 4 years. She certainly was a woman who loved her family (own and WM).

Tonda (Smith) Sutton
November 16th, 2020 4:30pm

Deepest condolences in the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jeff and Tonda Sutton

Carrie Reed
November 16th, 2020 4:25pm
LaGrange Indiana

I had her as a voice teacher and a guitar teacher she was loved by me and others.Sorry for your loss!!

Andrew Sanders
November 16th, 2020 3:18pm

Forever in our hearts

Randy&Malinda Miller
November 16th, 2020 2:43pm
4850S.-900E. Wolcottville.

A fine neighbor and person.Was glad to of had known her and her husband.

Dave Hamilton
November 16th, 2020 6:05am

Mrs. Cords was always an example of a professional teacher. She was always prepared . . . even down to her matching earrings, hand bag, and shoes. She was important to the school and she said that school was important to her. I will miss her.

Kerry Keck
November 16th, 2020 3:22am

So sorry to here about your mom, she was loved by many.

Candy Spangler (fordyce)
November 16th, 2020 1:59am
6960s150e wolcottville

I'm at loss for words to you kids it's hard to lose your mom I get it but her blessings she instead in all of you and the hundreds of people that love her I pray for comfort god bless

Kim Ketchum
November 16th, 2020 1:49am
Anchorage, Alaska

My heart is sad for Steve, Chrisanne, Michele and Mike, but I’m at peace that Aunt Euny is with Uncle Don and many loved ones. I’m sure she will be missed by many.

Carla Fordyce Morgan
November 16th, 2020 1:39am

no words to express the positive legacy she left. She taught me piano and vocal lessons. Most of all life lessons. I adored her.

John Kent
November 16th, 2020 1:26am

What a great person she was. What great neighbors she and her family were. I am sorry that your children are hurting. I pray God's blessings on all of them, to comfort them and give them peace, knowing that Mrs. Cords is in a better place. RIP Mrs. Cords.

Teri (Schaeffer) capron
November 16th, 2020 12:43am
Fishers indiana

She was such a light to so many with her music and teaching. I loved her challenging me with pieces and her teaching me voice and piano. My sincere condolences to your family.

Candice (Hepler) Haase
November 16th, 2020 12:34am
Fairmount, IN

I am thankful for Eunice as my. Voice teacher for 7 years. I would not be as confident or comfortable with music if it wasn't for her. Also because of her training I was able to work with my own daughter and see her get gold at ISSMA state competition. I know she will be missed.

Mark Caldwell
November 15th, 2020 11:30pm
Ligonier IN

Thoughts and prayers for your family. A lot of good memories of your mother at Wolcottville back in the day.

David and Caroline North
November 15th, 2020 11:05pm
Rome City

Dear Cords Family, We are grieved to learn of the passing of your beloved Mother. She taught piano to both of our children. She was a joy and such an encourager. May Jesus comfort all of you in this tremendous loss. David, Caroline, Jon, and Emily

Jodi Poorman Kruger
November 15th, 2020 9:23pm
New Haven, in

Condolences on the loss of your mother Prayers for comfort.

Joe Roberts
November 15th, 2020 9:16pm

So to hear I will always remember her and the good times at Wolcott bills grade school. My heart and prayers go out to her family and friends!

Scott Sites
November 15th, 2020 7:18am
Los Angeles, California

My condolences to the Cords family. Your Mom taught me to believe in myself and to strive for something more in life. I’m forever grateful to her for all of the opportunities that have come my way because of her influence. My heartfelt prayers are with all of you.

thomas l. potter
November 15th, 2020 1:40am

My sincerest condolences to Chrisanne, Steve, Michelle and Mike. Your mother was such a wonderful mentor, to me. I'm so filled with memories of our working together, lessons, Musical LaGrange trip to Europe. She was a true support to me playing for concerts, contests, weddings, church services voice lessons. She was a second mother to me. My heart breaks knowing she is no longer with us, but my heart is full of loving memories and for that she'll always live on in my life.

Tony Lower
November 14th, 2020 2:20am
Kendallville, Indiana

My deepest condolences to the Cords family. Sending hugs and prayers to the entire family.❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

Becky Travis
November 14th, 2020 1:25am
Angola, IN

Mrs. Cords taught me piano and voice, and I was lucky to be a member of One Voice and spend more time singing under her direction. She made my life, and the world in general, a better place. She was an incredibly special woman and I feel blessed to have known her. Please accept my condolences on the loss of such a wonderful person.

nikki norris
November 14th, 2020 1:03am

Mr. and Mrs. Cords ment a lot to me growing up. Not only was I a student of hers in school but also a music student. I remember being sick one day in school and my mother was a single parent. She took me to her house, let me sleep in her bed and Mr. Cords took care of me until my mom came and got me after work. I love them both and will miss them dearly. My heart felt sympathy to their children.