Bettiwayne Trapp, 81, passed away at the Hopsice Austin Christopher House on March 24, 2009. For the last year, Ms. Trapp had lived at the Golden Age Home in Lockhart.
Bettiwayne Trapp was born on Nov. 21, 1927, in Leonard, Texas, to James Duncan Trapp, Sr., and Mary Isabelle (Doolin) Trapp. She graduated from Leonard High School in 1944, at the age of 16, in order to
help meet the teacher shortage created by the mobilization of male teachers during World War II.
After the War, she received a bachelor’s degree and later, earned a master’s degree from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas. She taught English Literature and Composition for 37 years.
She met her future husband, Jesse Cordova, while teaching at the Army-based American School in Post-War Wurtzburg, Germany. She also taught at Navarro Community College and in the Dallas Independent School District, where she was called upon to tutor DISD teachers and administrators to pass the Texas Examination of Current Administrators and Teachers, a basic competency test in reading and writing required for teachers to revalidate their certification.
She moved to San Marcos in 2006, when her son was transferred from the Dallas area. She had been living happily at the Golden Age Home for the past year. She was taken to Brackenridge Hospital, and later the Christopher House, after suffering a stroke from which she never regained consciousness.
Ms. Trapp was preceded in death by her parents; brother: James Duncan Trapp, Jr., Billy James Trapp, Larry Rogers Trapp and Danny Max Trapp, Sr., all of Leonard; and a son, Jonathan Trapp Cordova, of Dallas and Houston.
She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Trapp-Cordova Windham and spouse, L. Burke Windham, III, of Houston; son, Jayson T. Cordova and wife, Lori, of Lockhart; brother, Leonard Lewis Trapp and wife, Marguerite, of Coppell, Texas; grandchildren: Caleb Cordova and Elizabeth Mary and Sarah Caroline Windham, all of Houston; seven nieces and nephews and 14 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
There will be a private service and burial at her family plot in the Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, Texas.
Arrangements under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home (972) 562-2601.