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Courtney Frances Cloud departed this world into the arms of her heavenly Father on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.
Courtney was born March 28, 1972, in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in the San Antonio/Boerne area. She was the youngest child and only daughter. At Boerne High School, Courtney followed in the footsteps of her older brothers, lettering in track, basketball and volleyball. She was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Upon graduation from high school, Courtney was awarded a volleyball scholarship to Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. until sidelined by knee surgery. After returning to Texas, Courtney received her LVN and RN certificates in nursing from Howard College in Big Spring, Texas.
In 1994, at the age of 22, Courtney was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent the first of five craniotomies. She subsequently received two radiation therapies, and 14 chemotherapies that would stretch over the next 18 years.
After each surgery, until her fourth, Courtney returned to her work in the intensive care unit at Midland Memorial Hospital and the Heart Hospital in Austin. Injury to her right motor strip during her fourth surgery left Courtney paralyzed on her left side; however, Courtney resumed her nursing transferring to endoscopy where she observed patients during recovery, entering data into computer. When the challenges of daily living alone became too great, Courtney moved to College Station and resided with a brother and sister-in-law, and then with her parents until her passing.
As we left M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after Courtneyâ€™s last visit, the doctors and staff repeatedly stated that during the 11 years Courtney was under their care, they had never seen anyone with a more positive attitude and such a fighting spirit and will to live. This description was echoed by all who knew her.
During these 11 years Courtney was able to enjoy travels to Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. She thrived on trips to Hawaii, and along with Diane, enjoyed a wonderful Italian holiday. The trip of her lifetime, however, was the Traveling Aggie trip almost three years ago to Israel. She loved summers in Montana and volunteered at Eagle Mount in Bozeman.
Courtney was preceded in death by grandparents Tom and Maryon Barber and Roy and Esther Cloud and great aunt Lillian Barber Hall. She is survived by parents Don and Fan Cloud of College Station and brothers and sisters-in-law Blake and Linda Cloud, Scott and Diane Cloud, Mark and Michelle Cloud and nieces and nephews Jennifer and Kenneth Cloud, Lillian and Cameron Cloud, and Bradley Cloud; step nephews Justin, Nathaniel and Collin Rhodes, and great nephew and niece Dylan and Emily Cloud.
The family wishes to express our gratitude to Courtneyâ€™s caregivers, including Stacie, Cindy and Yessenia of Comfort Keepers, and the many nurses, aides and others from Hospice Brazos Valley, in particular Emily (home care) and Tonya, and Pam, Emily, Leslie and Terry at the inpatient facility.
In keeping with Courtneyâ€™s wishes, she was cremated and the family will gather at some future date for a private memorial and to scatter her ashes in places she loved.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803.