Mrs. Patricia “Pat” Hughes Cording (Garguila) died after a short illness in her home on January 10, 2018 (her birthday) in Orlando, FL at the age of 85.
Pat is survived by her sons Jim Hughes of Orlando, FL, Michael Hughes, wife Deborah of Homestead, FL and Stan Cording, wife Julie of Orlando, FL: sister Kathleen Hondares of Pennsylvania: four granddaughters, one grandson and eleven great-grandchildren; She is preceded in death by husbands James Hughes and Beryl Cording.
Pat was born on January 10, 1933 in New York, New York to Anthony James and Irene Garguila. She married James Hughes in 1952. After moving to Lake City, FL, Pat set about raising their two sons. Upon moving to Orlando, FL, Pat began working for Orlando Utilities Commission as a clerk. Over the next 25 years she rose to the position of Director of Customer Relations, becoming the first female Director in the history of OUC.
Some years after the death of James Hughes, she met and remarried the second love of her life, Beryl Cording. They loved each other deeply and upon retirement set upon traveling the globe seeing new countries and making new friends. She never met a stranger who didn’t soon become a friend.
Pat was a loving and friendly person who would often stop and talk to total strangers sharing her warmth. She loved her family friends totally and completely and although strong willed, was always willing to help or share a kind shoulder. Pat was an individual who loved her Lord and Savior and was passionate about sharing her faith. She was an active and dedicated member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and often volunteered on various boards and with the seniors group OWLS (Older Wiser Lutherans).
The viewing will be at Colonial Chapel Carey Hand Funeral Home at 2811 E Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806 on Sunday January 14, 2018 from 3 pm to 6 pm. A funeral is scheduled at Trinity Lutheran Church at 123 E. Livingston Street, Orlando, FL on Monday January 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm with a viewing prior to service from 12 pm to 1 pm, with a brief reception to follow at the church. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery on Harrell Road, Orlando, FL. Pastor Doug Kalleson will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Pat’s life.
I will never forget my aunt's incredible capacity to love unconditionally. To Tony and Michael and their families i say thank you for sharing your Mom with me. I have truly been blessed to be her nephew and i will try to honour her memory always in all ways. Love always your cousin Scott
Scott BallSan Lorenzo, CA
YOU WERE A GOOD FRIEND AND NOW JESUS IS TAKING CARE OF YOU!! WE WILL MISS YOU AND YOUR WISE COUNSEL!!
GEORGE C ESTEPORLANDO, FL
My dear friend Miss Pat... I will miss you & love you always! You always made me feel like family! I'm so glad you came into my life because you made it better doing so!! Love Angie!
Angela HubbardOrlando, FL
Her glory has been won, our sorrow shared. I was lucky enough to know Ms Patthru church fellowship club, Bunco and as a neighbor down the street. She took myself and another neighbor shopping once..she certainly knew the places! May our Lord and Angels wrap their wings around you and comfort you. Her love lives in you as family and all the wonderful friends she had. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow.
Angie FriedelOrlando, FL
Pat was a dear friend and a true Christian lady in every essence of the word. A new journey for you in heaven. One of my greatest joys was working and serving the Lord on Altar Guild with you. I’ll miss you dearly , now you are totally whole and a new angel in heaven. I love you dearly. 🤗🤗🙏🙏🌈🌈
Marcy ShivelyOrlando, FL
Pat has been a friend since 1985 when she hired me to work st OUC. We had many laughs and good times. The one most special to Pat was when we went to New York City and she was able to revisit where she grew up. She was so happy remembering her childhood. Pat will be missed by many but is loved by all.
Rest In Peace, Pat.
Joanne and Tito SilvaSanford, FL
I was blessed that she was my Mom, comforter, mentor, confidante, teacher, shoulder to lean on and very best friend a man could have. Our loss is Heaven's gain
Jim HughesOrlando, FL
Pat hired me in 1985. It was such a pleasure to know her. We became better friends after I retired. I will never forget our trip to New York City. She was so happy to be able to go back tethered she lived as a child. I’m husband and I will miss her deeply. Our hearts are heavy . Rest In Peace. Joanne and Hector Silva
Joanne and Tito SikvaSanford, FL
Pat and I met in 1961 when she became my Sister-in-Law. She welcomed me into the family and we enjoyed spending time together. My family moved away from Orlando but I have always felt close to Pat. I will remember Pat as a person with a very strong faith, caring, loving and fun to be with. Rest in Peace.
Many thoughts and prayers for Tony, Mike and their families.
Joy HughesOak Hill, FL
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in your memories and some joy from the memories of others who remember her fondly. Psalms 147:3 says; "He is healing the broken hearted ones and is binding up their painful spots". God, as the hearer of prayer will comfort you in the days ahead as you remember Patricia.
Pat was a true friend, I worked for her at OUC and became friends. We took a trip to Dallas a few years back to visit our friend Jesse, what wonderful memories we have from our time there, laughing and enjoying good times. She had a huge heart. I will miss her. RIP
Peggy CrossOrlando, FL