Cordelia Olson Sewell went to be with the Lord July 17, 2016.
She was born in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 5, 1933, to Edward Benjamin and Blanche Maupin Olson. While growing up in McAllen, Texas, she enjoyed playing tennis, shopping in Mexico, and playing games with groups of girls. After graduating as the valedictorian from high school, she won a solid gold medal in a speaking contest. She married George B. Sewell and attended the University of Texas. A wise, forward-thinking mother and grandmother, Cordelia influenced her children’s and grandchildren’s lives using her high-level understanding, love, and insight. Known for her encouraging words, patience, kindness, optimism, and appreciation of diversity in groups of people, she was admired and liked through the decades of her life on this earth. She sang beautifully. While the Sewells lived in Canada, Cordelia, an accomplished skater, could skate across a frozen lake and back in record time. Cordelia especially enjoyed visiting with her grandsons, Dean, James, David, and Daniel. She prepared special outings and events including them, and cared for them in their homes when opportunities arose. She trusted Christ as her Savior, joined her church and attended enthusiastically. She took copious, church-sermon notes, discussing what she admired about the sermons afterward. She enjoyed prayer, the Bible, and church activities. She faithfully cheered on her grandsons at their ball games of all kinds and attended their school events.
Cordelia was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include daughter Charlotte S. Ikelberry and husband Keith of Oklahoma, and son James B. Sewell of Denver; also by grandsons Dean K. Berry of Dallas and his future wife Bri, James D. Berry of Dallas and his future wife Nadia, David M. Sewell and wife Kelsey of Phoenix, and Daniel J. Sewell of Denver; also by brother-in-law Frederic D. Sewell, P.E., and wife Ann of Dallas, and brother-in-law John C. Sewell of Arkansas; nieces Lillian Jones of Arkansas, Carrie Rogers of Texas, and Mary MacGregor of Texas, and by nephew James M. Sewell III of Texas.
A memorial service was held July 24 at Covenant Life Assembly, Moore, officiated by Paul Abner and under the direction of McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang.