- January 7, 1952 - October 17, 2006
- Austin, Texas
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Carolyn Jean Cody Jan. 7, I952 - Oct. 17, 2006 Carol passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on October 17, 2006. She was born January 7, 1952, the daughter of Katherine Lorraine Hunt and Billy J. Contine in Carlsbad, New Mexico. A longtime resident of Austin, Carol received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Texas, and completed the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. A nurse practitioner, Carol helped thousands of Austin residents heal physically and spiritually for over twenty-five years at the People's Community Clinic, the Fifth Street Family Practice and Central Family Practice. Carol envisioned a place that would nurture and care for people with AIDS and their families. She worked for years to realize that dream; planning the program and securing funding for construction. Christopher House, an inpatient care center for patients who were too ill to be at home but too well to be in the hospital, opened its doors in 1993. Christopher House is still open and continues to serve the Austin community. Her healing touch extended well beyond the Austin community. In 2004 she traveled to Katmandu, Nepal to provide care to patients at a local clinic. She continued to support that community even after returning to Austin. Carol was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Texas Coalition of Nurses, the Texas Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Austin Area Nurse Practitioner Alliance and the Texas Nurses Association. She was instrumental in obtaining prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners in the State of Texas. She served as a board member for SafePlace. She was also a member of St. Austin's Catholic Church. Carol was preceded in death by her mother and father and by her brother, Bobby Contine. She is survived by her husband, Ken Blair; children, Nicole Blair, Christopher Cody and John J. Verso; siblings, Bill Contine and Linda Reiff; her former husband, Stephen Michael Cody, as well as by countless friends and loved ones. A viewing will be held on Friday, October 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Hospice Austin's Christopher House, 2820 East Martin Luther King Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations he made to Hospice Austin's Christopher House, (800) 445-3261.