Krista Kolette Hodges

Krista Kolette Hodges
Krista Kolette Hodges

Krista Kolette Gerber Hodges was a caring wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. She left this world suddenly on January 16th, 2022, at age 55 in Amarillo, Texas. Her loving and Texas-sized heart left an impression on all who met her.

She was born to William (Billy) Gerber and Suzanne Gerber Gillispie on March 15th, 1966, in Canyon, Texas. Following her educational career, Krista dutifully served the 100th Judicial District Court of Texas as a Certified Shorthand Court Reporter for a committed 12 years. Her doting heart of compassion for the constituents that passed through her courtroom will be dearly missed by the Texas court.

Krista was loved by her family, community, and friends, and will be remembered for her kind heart and giving spirit. She enjoyed fashion, art and she was known for her sense of style. She loved to sing no matter where she was whether it was in the church choir or in the car.  She found comfort in cooking and providing for those around her.

She is preceded in death by her father William (Billy) Gerber of Dumas. Krista is survived by her mother Suzanne Gerber Gillispie and step-father Gladwin Gillispie of Amarillo, loving and devoted husband Vernon Carter Hodges of Amarillo, daughter Shayna Smith of Lubbock, daughter Samantha Smith of Amarillo, step-daughter Jamison Hodges of Albuquerque, step-daughter Lauren Hodges of Albuquerque, brother Michael Gerber and wife Carla Gerber of Oklahoma, sister Jennifer Robertson and husband Kirk Robertson of San Angelo, sister Lori Forbus of Wichita, Kansas, sister Jessica Klein and husband John Klein of Amarillo, sister-in-law Taryn Coffey and husband Craig Coffey of Tyler, nieces, nephews, and many other dear family and friends.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 pm on January 21st, 2022, at Hillside Christian Church – Amarillo Northwest Campus, 600 Tascosa Rd Amarillo, Texas.  A brief informal Interment will follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Umbarger, Texas at 3:30 PM. The cemetery is located just south of Highway 60 on Adkisson Road.

Krista had a compassionate heart for the children that she saw pass through the court system.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas in memory of Krista Kolette Gerber Hodges.


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38 Replies to “Krista Kolette Hodges”

  1. The lyrics to a ballad, Darcy Farrow, were written a year before Krista was born but a few of the lines from that song perfectly describe some of the wonderful things about her.

    “Her voice was as sweet as the sugar candy; her touch was as soft as a bed of goose down; her eyes shown bright, like the pretty lights; that shine in the night out of Yerington Town….”

    Krista loved music and introduced me to some great tunes. She was dearly loved by many, myself included, and will live on in our hearts and minds. Krista was a person of faith and I know we shall see her again!! My heart goes out to her family.

  2. Krista was a wonderful classmate and enjoyed seeing her family in church when we were in Dumas. Continued prayers for all her family and her friends. My heart hurts tonight

  3. Love and prayers to the family. We love Krista and we were blessed many times with her sweet voice ❤️ Shayna and Samantha let Gods love wrap around you during this time. Love. Clint Audra. Zane. Hunt

  4. We’ve been blessed to know Krista as a cute little girl & growing up into a fine young lady. It was always a blessing to see her. I wish I’d heard her singing voice as her dad, Billy, and I did a lot of guitar picking around the house. God bless & comfort you one & all. Be comforted as Krista is now forever in heaven with no pain, no tears, & true joy & peace forevermore. <

  5. Krista, so hard to believe. Always a beautiful smile and such an amazing voice! And an all-star running back in our backyard football games at Grandmommy’s back in the day! You were always first pick. We will miss you!

  6. There is no comfort when losing someone special like a sister. All we can do is remember them for who they were and the beauty they bought to our lives. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during these hard times. Try to stay strong and reach out to us if there is anything you all might need. Our deepest sympathy

    1. Thank you for loving on Jessi. Very important to know we are all ok. This is hard, but know we have a loving God to watch over us. Take care of each other.

      1. I’m so sorry for Krista’s passing! I taught her in second grade at Morningside. She was one of my favorites! I also enjoyed her remarks on facebook! May God bless all of her many friends!

  7. Wish we could have gotten to know her better.. She was always so kind to us. Praying for comfort and peace.. Love y’all..

    1. Thank you Karen, she was a jewel. We will be missing her but we are trying to stay strong together. The flowers are beautiful. Can’t express enough our gratitude. Can you send me an address for thank you’s. We love you and Brian and Floy

  8. Growing up next door to each other our families became close and shared good and bad times together. Krista was always the sweetest person her voice was like an angel. Suzanne our hearts break with yours and your family. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with the whole family. The Mayes family. Vernon, Kathy and Mindy

  9. Dear Suzanne and Gladwyn,
    We are so sad at Krista’s passing.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers, also Sean and Mark; especially today and tomorrow.
    Love and our sympathies,
    Mike Sullivan, Martha and Steve Foster

  10. Krista always brightened our dark hallways here at Collingsworth County Courthouse, her beautiful smile and sweetness will be missed. Praying for healing for her family.

  11. Our prayers of love, healing, and comfort are with Krista’s family during this time. May you feel the Lord wrap Himself around you all. The Owen Family

  12. Krista was an excellent court reporter, and always had such a wonderful outlook. She was so special. She will sorely be missed among the legal community. Sincere condolences to her family and prayers to all.

  13. I will miss your smile and the sound of your heels coming down the hall. Your beauty lite any room you walked in.
    Rest In Peace sweet Angel.
    How fortunate I’ve been to have met you. And for that, I thank the lord.
    Till I see you again.
    Love always,
    Ruby M Weese

  14. Krista was one a kind. She was always so sweet! I loved getting to talk to her and joke in court. She also ALWAYS had cute clothes and shoes.

    I will miss her!! One of my favorite court reporters!

  15. The world is a little less bright without your presence. I will never forget when we would come visit you after you moved to Amarillo. I will cherish those forever. Taken way too soon! That smile was so infectious.

  16. We are heartbroken to hear of Krista’s passing. We have lots of fond memories of her and enjoyed her friendship, especially throughout our children’s school years in Silverton. We still smile when we think about her arriving to the ballgames dressed in her blue jeans & heels 🙂 Thank you for your kindness & fun spirit, Krista…you will be dearly missed. Love, Eric, Rebecca, Joshua, & Zachary Patton

  17. Words cannot express the sorrow and sadness we feel at the loss of your loved one, Krista. Please accept our condolences and know that we are thinking and praying for you all during this difficult time.
    Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.

    1. “ Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.”
      Bless you. SO true! She’ll be greatly missed & remembered. 🙌✝️🕊

    1. Loren, I’ve never met you, but I heard your name mentioned many times in conversation. Thank you, she is definitely missed!

  18. So sorry for the loss of this beautiful lady. My heart is broken for Samantha and Shayna. My prayers are with you all.

  19. Krista, what a sweet loving person all of your live. It was a honer to know you. Always a special friend to my daughter Becky all thru school up until now. You will be dearly missed.

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