Kristi Hodgkiss Obituary,  Death – “Kristi left behind a legacy that is greater than most people can create in a lifetime in just 54 years of existence. She was a dedicated member of the community, and her husband Dennis, children, and other relatives will enjoy her work for a long time to come After graduating from North Lamar ISD in 1986 and earning a number of degrees, Hodgkiss started working as a teacher at North Lamar High School in 1990. Her success during her time at North Lamar High School was unparalleled.

During her 32 years at North Lamar Independent School District, Kristi was able to establish and mentor a UIL Speech and Debate team that rose to a national ranking. Kristi earned a stellar reputation as a top-tier tournament coordinator while serving as the director of the speech and debate program at North Lamar High School. She also won a staggering 25 team and individual Texas state championships, more than 50 qualifiers for national debate tournaments, and numerous coaching and advocacy awards from the University Interscholastic League and the National Speech and Debate Association.

The numerous comments posted on her Facebook page following her passing show how committed and passionate she was about her kids. “I adored her as a French teacher and she had the best engagement with her students. She was a jewel, and the world lost a gem today, according to one former pupil. Someone else chimed in, “Honestly, truly heartbroken. Through all of the pupils she instructed, supported, and inspired, her influence on the globe will endure. That leaves a real legacy.

Friends and family have come together to assist ease the financial strain of medical bills and burial expenses after a protracted battle with breast cancer. To assist the family, a GoFundMe campaign has been established. According to Katie Hodgkiss, the GoFundMe organizer, “The Hodgkiss family has been tremendously grateful for all of the kindness that many various communities have provided.” “Unfortunately, the family’s medical expenses are beginning to mount. The family may use some more assistance with the costs of medical bills, hospital stays, ambulance journeys, and daily living expenses.

To make a donation, please click here. The North Lamar High School Auditorium will host services at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, under the guidance of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. Invocation by the Rev. Judi Brandt will be followed by burial at Hopewell Cemetery. On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, the family will host friends in the chapel of the Bright-Holland Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. She is survived by her husband Dennis Hodgkiss of Hopewell, her sister Alice Hignight and her husband Greg Hignight of Hopewell, her son Carver and daughter-in-law Aerial Hodgkiss of Denver, Colorado, her son Colin Hodgkiss of Hopewell, her daughter Katie Hodgkiss and her boyfriend Zach Huffman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, her niece Grace Hignight of Hopewell, her niece Ashley Carney and her husband Jesse

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