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Viola Cordova Kautz

Viola Cordova Kautz

Viola Cordova Kautz

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.



  • Jim and Rinda Allison Posted September 12, 2018 6:16 pm

    A great lady who will be missed by many! Praying for all the family.

  • Karolyn(Parsons) Parker Posted September 12, 2018 9:32 pm

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mrs. Kautz…..she was an amazing lady who had a huge impact on lots of lives. She will be greatly missed and may she R.I.P. It’s not goodbye, but until we meet again 🙁

  • Buffy Ellison Boger Posted September 13, 2018 6:55 am

    Mrs Kautz was such an inspiration for me. She was my kindergarten teacher. She always had a kind inspirational word whenever I visited her during my Stratford school days or as a former student. Prayers for the family as they transition to a life without her physical presence.

  • Emily McReynolds Burnsed Posted September 13, 2018 10:06 am

    What a sweet lady she was. Prayers for the family.

  • Olga and Jr Posted September 13, 2018 10:16 am

    Farewell my Friend , You will be missed but Your legacy Will remain forever..

  • Jan (Phelps) Shields Posted September 13, 2018 10:57 am

    I couldn’t have hoped for a better Kindergarten teacher. I have incredible, sweet memories of my first year of school, so I give Mrs. Kautz credit for the fact that I have always loved school and (even forty-five years later) still love learning something new. Sending prayers for peace for the family.

  • Pearl Trevino Werner Posted September 13, 2018 4:07 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family!!

  • Celia & Bruce Tidmore Posted September 13, 2018 7:18 pm

    Love & prayers for the sweet family! Viola was a wonderful lady!🙏😍

  • Jann Blackerby Posted September 13, 2018 9:48 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ms. Viola was a very lovely lady always giving of herself to others. May God’s love & peace surround each of you.

  • Dianne Velasquez Tapia Posted September 14, 2018 2:49 am

    I’ll miss talking to you on the phone. I’m happy that you are no longer in pain. May the Lord keep you in peace and love. Just know that you will always be missed. All my love Dianne

  • Jerilyn & Gary Laramore Posted September 14, 2018 10:09 am

    Remembering Mrs Kautz was a wonderful person and kindergarten teacher for Gary Jr. Prayers for the family. 💕

  • linda Posted September 14, 2018 2:59 pm

    I would like to get notify when someone passaway in dumas and amarillo

  • John wilson Posted September 14, 2018 5:36 pm

    Leroy very sorry about your loss.

  • Reyna Everett Posted September 14, 2018 9:37 pm

    I don’t have words to express how much she means to me for all the support she offered me over the years in every facet of life. She will always be in my heart for her kindness, strength, and defence of those who were assumed to be weak and powerless. She will always be my hero. I feel so bad I won’t be able to attend, but am at a church retreat. My prayers and condolences are with her family. I love her dearly and fearlessly, as she taught me.

  • Richard and Danette McCroskey Posted September 16, 2018 1:30 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers

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