Islander Grace Ford Cordell, born Feb. 10, 1908, passed away quietly in her sleep June 10, 2009.
Last year, Cordell celebrated her 100th birthday at the home she shared with her daughter Jean Summers. Family and friends came from around the U.S. to celebrate with the centurion.
Cordell wintered in Marco until 2002, when she joined her daughter in Marco full time. Cordell was the third daughter born to farmers in the plains of Kansas. Her parents moved the family to Two Buttes, Colorado, where they claimed a homestead for three years. They later moved to Missouri and Kansas.
At age 99, Cordell published her memoirs and a collection of personal poems in a book she titled “Plums in Heaven.” The book chronicles her growing up years on the harsh Colorado prairie, raising three children as a young widow and her rise to success as a businesswoman in Houston, Texas.
Grace Cordell’s strong faith in Jesus Christ kept her through hard and good times. One morning after turning 100, she commented to her daughter Jean that she was hoping to wake up in heaven … “But, that will happen one day and I will be with my Lord, family and friends.”
Two daughters and one son survive Cordell. Jean Summers of Marco Island, Mimi Knighton and Guy Cordell from Houston Texas. Her six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild also survive her.