Christine Pokusa Coryell

Date of Birth: Jan 9th, 1950  |   Date of Death: Aug 18th, 2017   |   Service Date: 12:00 P.M., Saturday, Aug 26, 2017. 

Coryell Single Website PhotoChristine Pokusa Coryell, 67, of Martindale, Texas, died Friday in Houston. Christine was born in Newark, New Jersey on January 9th, 1950, to Elizabeth and Joseph Pokusa. One of five children, Christine was raised in both New Jersey and Michigan. She met her husband, Donald Bruce Coryell, in 1971, and shortly after, moved with him to Beaumont. Christine finished her undergraduate degree there, at Lamar University, and then her Master’s, all while teaching and raising four children. Christine’s work ethic was as legendary as her hospitality. A gifted teacher, she moved from elementary to University level education. Eventually, she would retire from teaching Pedagogy in Lamar’s Education Department. Christine’s door was open to everyone. She was involved in many community and church organizations, including the society of St Vincent de Paul. She had tremendous energy and love of life that she shared unstintingly with everyone she met.  Christine is survived by her husband of 45 years, Donald Coryell of Martindale, Texas; her children Christi and Scott Ali of Beaumont Texas, Kara Coryell and Joshua Lee-Center of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Don and Marci Coryell of New Braunfels, Texas and son Michael Coryell of Martindale and his partner Eugene Goudeau of Martindale; by her siblings Joseph Pokusa, Florence O’Keefe, Robert Pokusa, and James Pokusa; three grandchildren, Bay Berger of Houston, Texas, Dylan and Myra Coryell of New Braunfels, Texas, by Ron and Nikki Phillips of Houston, Texas; by many nieces and nephews, and countless children who she raised,  taught, and supported, all her life.

Visitors are invited to gather for a Memorial Service at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Martindale Texas, on Saturday, August 26th, at 12:00 pm.

Donations may be made in memory of Christine Coryell to The University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-4311.

9 Condolences

  • Karen Chisum

    August 22nd, 2017 on 2:19 am

    Donnie, Marcie, and all….
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. This is a difficult time but try to remember all the wonderful things about her. She’s in peace.
    Karen Chisum

  • Karen Chisum

    August 22nd, 2017 on 2:21 am

    Donnie, Marcie, and all….

    Thinking of you and your family……hugs to all.

    Karen Chisum

  • Kathleen Coryell Jamison

    August 22nd, 2017 on 3:12 am

    My heart goes out to Bruce and all of Chris loved ones. I will miss her very much.

  • Debbie Kiker

    August 22nd, 2017 on 3:08 pm

    My dearest and deepest condolences to the entire Coryell Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Karol Deem

    August 22nd, 2017 on 4:00 pm

    We are so sad to loose Chris.

  • Andrea Finley Nelson

    August 22nd, 2017 on 5:40 pm

    I am so incredibly sorry for your tremendous loss! We are lifting you all up in prayer ! Keeping you in our thoughts! We love you guys!
    Andrea Finley Nelson and family

  • Richard and Kathy Rullman

    August 23rd, 2017 on 2:07 am

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Chris’s passing. We spend many years involved with many activities that encompassed our children growing up together through school,work and sports in Beaumont. After Hurricane Rita we lived in their house on Ivy as our house was under repair for 9 months. In recent years we have drifted apart as our families grew and both of our families moved from Beaumont. We cherish all the wonderful memories of such a beloved friend.

  • Karleen Watson Golias

    August 23rd, 2017 on 7:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss! The world has lost a very kind and generous spirit! Karleen

  • Clarence R. Francois

    August 26th, 2017 on 3:08 pm

    To The Family of: Christine Coryell,

    On behalf of everyone that worked with Christine Coryell at French Elementary, Beaumont, TX I would like to express our most sincere sadness at the passing of your Mother. In this time of great sorrow, please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.
    I hope you can take comfort in the fact that Christine is with God now. Christine lives on not only in our memories, but with our heavenly Father as well.
    If there is anything you need during this difficult time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for support. We are here for you, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.


    Clarence R. Francois M.Ed
    Retired Principal


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