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Cora Koontz

March 23, 1932 — November 7, 2023


Cora Koontz


Cora “Corrie” Emma Koontz, at age 91, ascended into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from her home in Hagerstown.

She was the loving wife of Jack Carson Koontz Sr. for 73 yrs, who preceded her in death on October 3, 2021.

Born March 23, 1932 in Hagerstown Md., she was the daughter of the late Harry Herman and Mary Magdalene Gower.

Through the years she was employed by Wilson Dairy Bar, London Fog and retired with 20 yrs lovingly invested in WCPS special education.

She was an active, faithful servant in several programs at Evangel Baptist Church for many years.

She was Nana, Nanny, Nan

She fiercely loved her family. The epitome of gentle kindness with a dash of West Ender grit. It was impossible to escape her generosity. She held dear her passionately bold faith and unwavering devotion to prayer. She had scrappy determination and was the first to show up in your darkest hour. She made everything fun with a song or her vast creativity. Her kitchen always smelled like magic and her gardens flowed with enchantment. Her zest for life, a pure goodness, she directed into serving. Through her words, her food and her presence. She was a warrior for others.

A soul beautifully rare.

Preceded in death by her first son, Jack Carson Koontz Jr., on October 15, 2021. As well as, ten siblings: Brothers- Harry (Pete) Gower, Richard (Dick) Gower, Larry (Huck) Gower, Robert (Bob) Gower & Charles (Charlie) Gower. Sisters- Cleora (Bop) Forsythe, Betty Powichrocki, Lula (May) Miller, Mary Lee Hall & Gloria (Deany) Basore. She is survived by one sister Judy Chaney of Hagerstown, Md.

She leaves a beautiful legacy behind with her three loving children: Robin Jolene Thompson and husband, Roland of St. James, Md. Mark Howard Koontz and wife Christine of Hagerstown, Md. Debra Ann Kendall and husband, Jeffrey of Hagerstown, Md.

Eleven Grandchildren:

Brian Koontz, Karen Slusher, Rachel Aikens, Chris Thompson, Jennifer Welsh, Beth De Lauter, Mark Koontz Jr, Jason Kendall, Heather Slough, John Thompson, Kaitlyn Dixon and their Spouses.

As well as twenty-six Great Grandchildren.

An open viewing will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery on November 18, 2023, from 9:30am to 11am.

A private Family Funeral and Interment will be held after.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Evangel Baptist Church that evening, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.


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