Cordia Erynne Jones Jorgensen Watkins

Cordia Erynne Jones Jorgensen Watkins was born Dec. 22, 1940, in Los Angeles CA, the oldest child of Richard Greenwood Jones and VerdaBelle Cox Jones. Cordia passed away June 27, 2020, following a nine year battle with cancer as a down winder of Hanford WA. Her siblings include Rowen Cox (Zella) Jones, Rance Richard (Jody) Jones, baby brother (deceased), Delsa Gay (Max) Pospical, and Stanton Brad(Wendy) Jones (both deceased).

To support the WWII war effort, the family moved to Salt Lake City, UT, and by 1943 to Richland

(Hanford), WA where Cordia was raised. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from BYU, she married Phillip Thorne Jorgensen in the SLC LDS temple Dec. 4, 1963. They were blessed with six children: Phillip Matthew (Dawn) Jorgensen of West Jordan, UT, Kimberly Lynette (Ken) Evans of Murrieta, CA, Ruth Erynne Jorgensen (deceased), Abigail Yvonne (Lynn) Larsen of Kennewick, WA, Lance Richard (Alison) Jorgensen of Eugene, OR, and Suzanne Joy (Alfred) Shelver of Spring Creek, NV.

Over the next four years, Phil completed his degrees at BYU while Cordia taught high school. Following graduation, they spent three years in Los Angeles, finally settling in Lacey, WA. Phil and Cordia established and operated a CPA firm in Lacey until they divorced in 1977. Her children honor her for the many sacrifices she made while raising them alone. She built an accounting and tax practice which she operated out of her home. In 1988, she sold her practice and moved to Kennewick, WA. Once again,establishing an accounting and tax practice which she operated until she retired in 2011.

On May 17, 2003, Cordia married her best friend and soul mate, Val DeVerl Watkins, in the Columbia River LDS temple and gained three sons – Korry Douglas Watkins of Seattle, WA, Justin Drew Watkins of Palm Springs, CA, and Adam Dominic (Skyler) Wefer-Watkins of South Jordan, UT. They retired and moved to Washington, UT in 2011. Cordia is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has had the privilege of serving in numerous ward and stake positions. She and Val loved their opportunity to serve together for 5 years as ordinance workers in the Columbia River Temple and 6 ½ years as addiction recovery leaders and trainers.

She loved life with Val, family dinners and activities, friends, sewing, crafts, reading, beautiful flower beds and lawns, the beauties of the earth, etc. She was happiest when she was serving others. Over the decades, she took numerous teenagers into her home. Three lived with her for over ten years and call her “mom” – Stan (Veronica) Becerra, Juan (Tanya) Becerra, and Manuel (Maria) Becerra. She cherished their daily conversations and being part of their lives.

She adored and was ever so proud of her 30 grandchildren -23 “home grown,” 7 adopted – and 5 greatgrandchildren.

She leaves behind her husband, Val, three of her siblings, eight of her children, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, baby brother, brother Brad and his wife Wendy, daughter

Ruth, and granddaughter Allysa Larsen.

For the past 9 years she had exceptional care from Dr. Heather Gilbert and the staff at the Cancer Center at Dixie Regional Medical Center.

A visitation will be held at Spilsbury Mortuary on Friday, July 3 from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be available to watch via live stream. To watch the services, go to and enter event #: 32144 and password: CW2020. Burial will take place immediately following in the Washington City Cemetery, Expansion #3, 300 N 300 E, Washington UT. Due to severe allergies, the family requests donations in lieu of flowers be made to LDS Humanitarian Services or the Cancer Center at Dixie Regional Medical Center. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guestbook at




11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Second Visitation


1:00 p.m.


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


2:00 p.m.
Washington City Cemetery
300 Park View Dr
Washington, UT 84780

Guest Book

5 Responses

  1. Would like to have known Cordial, only visited a few times with her. Each time I left feeling grateful I had been in her presence.
    Blessings and love two Val and her beautiful family.

  2. What a cheerful, upbeat, and caring woman, and I only knew her the last year of her life as she was struggling with so many health problems. She spoke kindly of everyone, and had nothing but wonderful things to say of Val. It was a joy to visit with her, and I always left uplifted.

  3. For many years I had the privilege to work with Cordia in serving the sisters in our ward, she was an inspiration with her sweet and kind caring heart ❤️. She was a grand lady and I’m sure she has her just reward for all thee love and service she gave throughout her life….God be with Cordia, until we meet again!

  4. It was a beautiful service. Great to be able to watch it at home and remember such a beautiful a person, To feel the love she had for everybody and all she accomplished.

  5. I was Phil’s last missionary companion before he came home and married Cordia. In about 2017, I reconnected with Phil and learned the sad news that his marriage had not lasted. Ironically, I also went to high school with Val Watkins and also worked with him at the US Department of Energy in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Small world! My belated condolences…sorry I never met Cordia.

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