Marie Helen Witte Cory

Portrait of Marie Helen Witte Cory Headstone Photograph


R.H. "Dick"
Born April 7, 1918
San Mateo, California

He Loved His God, His Family,
His State and His Country

Joyce Helen
June 4, 1948

Marie Witte
Born May 4, 1923
Victoria, Texas

Devoted Daughter, Wife, Mother
Grandmother and Loyal Friend

Back of headstone


R.H. "Dick"
Attorney-at Law California and Texas 1947
World War II Master Sergeant
Infantry and Ordinance
Texas House of Representatives 1955 - 1971
Victoria and Calhoun Counties
Speaker Pro Tem - Chairman State
Affairs and Rules Committees
Outstanding Young Man of the Year
Victoria 1950
Outstanding Senior Citizen - Victoria 1970

Joyce Helen
Suffer the Little Children to
Come Unto Me and Forbid
Them Not; For Such is the
Kingdom of God.

Marie Witte
President of Legislative Wives Club
President of "Save the Children"
Outstanding Citizenship Award


Our Baby
Joyce Helen Cory
June 4, 1948
Full Name: Marie Helen Witte Cory
Location: Section:Patriots' Hill, Section 1 (A)
Row:J  Number:10
Reason for Eligibility: Wife of R. H. "Dick" Cory 
Birth Date: May 4, 1923 
Died: September 13, 2011 
Burial Date: September 16, 2011 

CORY, MARIE WITTE (1923 ~ 2011). The following is an obituary for Marie Cory, spouse of former Texas House member Richard "Dick" Cory. The obituary was published in the September 15, 2011 edition of the Austin American Statesman.  

Marie Witte Cory, died Tuesday, September 13th at the age of 88, in Midland where she was temporarily residing near her daughter Mary Beth. She had been a resident of Austin for over 40 years. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband Richard "Dick" Cory to whom she had been married 65 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Beth Kenworthy of Odessa, Texas; daughter Susan Cory and husband Jim Builta of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren, Cory Canon and husband Christopher of Houston, Texas; Paula Kenworthy of Washington, D.C.; Craig Kenworthy of Lubbock, Texas; sweet great-granddaughter Caroline Canon; dear friend Msgr. Eustace A. Hermes of Victoria, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her dear sister Lynette Franklin of Victoria earlier this year, and also by her brother Patrick Witte of Victoria.

Marie was born May 4, 1923 in Victoria, Texas, to Annie and Henry Witte and lived there until 1970, when she and her husband moved to Austin. They had previously been part-time Austin residents while he served in the Texas Legislature for 16 years representing Victoria and Calhoun Counties. Mrs. Cory was instrumental in organizing the Legislative Ladies Club of the Texas House of Representatives, served as its President in 1957, and remained active in it until recent years.

She worked tirelessly in many of its projects, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Texas Governor's Mansion, which she and Dick sponsored and organized for many years. She was a hostess for many social functions while he was serving in the legislature and afterwards while he worked as a lobbyist in Austin and Washington. She befriended and mentored many new legislative wives and welcomed them to her home for weekly luncheons and needle- pointing get-togethers. She was President of "Save the Children" and recipient of an Outstanding Citizenship Award. She was active in the Catholic Church community in Victoria and Austin. She and her husband especially enjoyed hosting numerous large parties and family picnics, and traveled extensively over the years.

She also liked spending time in Ruidoso, New Mexico with friends and family, where she enjoyed picnics, and watching the numerous hummingbirds and bears. The family will receive friends at the Cook-Walden Funeral Home on North Lamar from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening on Thursday, September 15th with recitation of the Holy Rosary to begin at seven o'clock.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa Catholic Church at half past one o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, September 16th followed by burial at the Texas State Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Theresa's Church of Austin, the Texas Governor's Mansion Restoration, or the Austin Meals on Wheels program. Tributes may be made at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome. com

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