Lois Jean Codd May 30, 1929 - Jun. 8, 2013 Former Pleasanton Resident Pebble Beach-Lois Jean Codd, age 84, a thirty -year resident of the Monterey Peninsula died comfortably at home on June 8, 2013 from complications of Parkinson's disease. Lois was born on May 30, 1929 in the very small town of Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Her parents Ray and Tessie Miller drove the 30 miles to "Whoolley" Washington, the closet birthing facility from their home in the small community of Concrete, WA where Lois lived her "growing-up" years. Living in the rural community left time for many activities including camping during the summer months in the nearby mountains, civic activities, and during the winter months, ice skating on the frozen millpond. Lois lived in a house where she could see out her back window, the buckets that carried the rocks back and forth from the hills of granite to the cement manufacturing plant. Lois worked in the local bank while attending her schools and graduated from high school as valedictorian. When she was eighteen Lois moved from Concrete, WA to Seattle, WA to attend the University of Washington. At the University she was involved in a number of activities including girls chorus, AWS Council, rally girls, Varsity Cheerleaders and her Sorority. In 1951 Lois graduated from the University with a BA in English and Education. It was at the University on a rainy Saturday afternoon at the Husky Stadium football game where she met her future husband, John Stuart Codd, a dental student. They were married on June 10, 1950 and had a long and loving marriage for 53 years. In 1958 they moved to Pleasanton, CA for Dr. Codd to start his dental practice in Livermore, CA. After raising three children Lois went on to achieve a Master's degree in theology from the San Francisco Theology Seminary. Her faith has always been an important part of her life. Lois and her husband John traveled extensively throughout their marriage to places such as Japan, Sweden, Singapore, Italy, England, Scotland, Norway, and France, which was always Lois's favorite local. Because of their frequent visits to France, Lois learned to speak French fluently. Eventually the couple retired to the Monterey Peninsula in Pebble Beach where they fell in love with the beauty of the area. She is survived by a son John (Jack) Stuart Codd II of San Jose, CA, a daughter Barbara Codd of Carmel, CA, a grandson John Stuart Codd III, of Oakland, CA, a great-grandson John Stuart Codd IV of Oakland, CA and her brother Robert Miller of Olympia, WA. There will be a celebration of life service and reception at the Carmel Presbyterian Church in Carmel, CA at 3pm on Saturday July 20, 2013. The family asks that your donations be made to The Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale, CA, Young Life, or the Carmel Presbyterian Church.
Published in Contra Costa Times on June 21, 2013