Wanda Gail Cordaway, 67, died Tuesday, January 25, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born June 26, 1954, in San Antonio, Texas, to parents, Martha and James Garcia Jr. Wanda graduated from Blessed Sacrament Academy High School (1972), earned her vocational nursing license from St. Philip’s College (1974), earned an associate nursing degree from San Antonio Community College (1985), and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Incarnate Word University with High Distinction in 2001. During her 47 years of d experience as a registered nurse in the state of Texas, Wanda has served as a surgical nurse, operating room supervisor, intensive care unit nurse, kidney dialysis nurse, school nurse and most recently a teacher in vocational nursing at St. Philip’s College. Wanda Cordaway was currently a member of the Texas Association of Vocational Nurses Education, National League of Nurses, San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt as well as a former member of the Hispanic Nurses Association. Wanda was predeceased by her mother, Martha Garcia. Wanda is survived by her sons, Richard Cordaway and his wife Jennifer, Jason Cordaway and his wife Lori, Joseph Cordaway and his wife Charish and Daniel Cortez; grandchildren, Genelle, Jenna, Nicholas, Mason, Alissa, Alexa and Silas; father, James Garcia; eleven siblings; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Wanda was many things to those who knew her best, a devoted daughter, a loving and caring mother, a trustworthy and dependable sister, an unwavering and loyal friend, an accomplished professional nurse, and a strong, independent woman. Wanda cared deeply for her parents and all her siblings. Growing up as the second eldest child in a family of 12 children as well as the eldest daughter, she had to grow up fast. It was during these early teenage years that she honed her skills as a sitter. Wanda cherished her humble upbringing in a quaint home in south San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by family and traditions. It was also during these early years of life that Wanda discovered and embraced her relationship with the Lord.
After her early years, Wanda became an accomplished nursing professional. When it came to being a nurse, she was fiercely committed to excellence. For her, being a registered nurse was an honor and a privilege with great responsibility. She prided herself on being a reliable, knowledgeable and trustworthy professional. Everyone who worked with her admired her character and her commitment to the standard of the oath. Some who knew Wanda lamented that she worked too much, but to her it was always more than work. It was the obligation she felt and her respect for the integrity of the profession that kept her intimately involved in the field of nursing for so many years.
Wanda loved her sons unconditionally and adored all of her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She embodied everything that is beautiful about being a mother. As a single mother, she protected, nurtured, disciplined, nurtured and cared for her sons through all of life’s trials and tribulations. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her children. She was everything a son could want and more.
A devout Roman Catholic, Wanda spent countless hours serving her Lord Jesus Christ and Blessed Mother Mary. If she isn’t caring for her children, helping a close friend, or caring for the sick or injured, you could most likely find Wanda volunteering at her local church. She had a great appreciation for the power of prayer, but also knew that her Lord needed action to make many prayers fruitful. She was ultimately a shameless and selfless servant of her Almighty God.
To her children, grandchildren and all who loved and cared for Wanda Cordaway, she was an angel from heaven. Although she will be deeply missed by all, it is very comforting to know that the way she led her life on earth gave way to her eternal life in the arms of the Lord. He was an absolutely beautiful human being may she rest in peace.
Wanda’s immediate family would like to sincerely thank everyone who showed their support following the news of her passing. They would like you all to know that your heartfelt condolences and support brought them relief during this time of great sadness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Association of Vocational Nurse Educators Scholarship Fund.
The family will receive guests from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022 at Porter Loring Mortuary.
ROSARY, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2022
CHAPEL OF THE LORING PORTER
TUESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2022
ST. SAINT-LAURENT CATHOLIC CHURCH
Father Alfredo Basualdo will officiate. Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park South.
Posted by Porter Loring Mortuary McCullough on January 29, 2022.