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Boddie, Ann Lynette Snellings was born on October 29, 1941 in LaGrange, Georgia and passed away on November 9, 2009 in Fountain Valley, California as the result of complications from brain cancer brought on by breast cancer in 2000. She was always a class act, and was a real trooper to the end. Ann is survived by her husband, Richard; daughter, Jordana Katnik (Robert) and grandsons, Jordon, Cayden and Christian of San Marcos; daughter, Roxanne Smith (Keith) and grandsons, Keith, Jr. and Charles Jacob of Aliso Viejo; daughter, Erica Lynn Boddie of San Diego; sister, Edith Williams of Rochester, New York; sister Gwendolyn Lipscomb of Montgomery, Alabama, and her mother Marion Miller in Rochester. Born the first child of Austelle Snellings and Marion Clyde (Truitt) Snellings, Ann was the eldest of three girls who moved to Rochester, New York with their mother when Ann was 5. She graduated from East High School in 1960 and attended St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. In 1962 she became the second African American bank teller to be employed in Rochester, New York working for Rochester Savings Bank for many years. Previously in 1958 she had met her future husband, Richard Benjamin Boddie at a Christmas party at her home, where he vowed he would marry her after a real mistletoe kiss. Ann and Dick did marry on July 27, 1963, raised three very talented and beautiful daughters, Jordana, Roxanne and Erica. Ann was a sought after Barbizon fashion model while they lived in Syracuse while Dick attended law school. After many years in Rochester the family moved to Huntington Beach, California in the summer of 1977, where Ann soon became an operations officer for California Federal Savings and Loan in Costa Mesa for many years. She retired from the Huntington Beach Union High school district in 2006 after 20 years of dedicated service in food services. Ann Boddie was totally committed to her family, and especially her five grandsons for whom she was "Oma" and was always the foundation for all things traditional and good for the clan. She loved to dance, loved soul music, any classical guitar renditions, soft rock and R&B music. Oma loved Tiger Woods, family gatherings, Oprah, nice things and nice people. For her, cleanliness was right next to Godliness, and the balancing of checkbooks, accounts and financial matters always made her day. And Ann's occasional use of old and dated expressions was always priceless. "Great Scott!" or "I'll be dipped…", "this neck of the woods"., or "break bread with us", etc. were quite common and could usually generate a smile or chuckle.. Honest to a fault, diplomatic in public and the boss at home, she should always be remembered for her candor, unwavering loyalty, dedication to others, intestinal fortitude and class. The family thanks Dr. Glen Justice, his colleagues, and staff for their commitment to Ann's well being since 2000, Manor Care Fountain Valley for their caring assistance over the past month, and the all of the wonderful folks at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital for going way beyond the norm to assist Ann and the family. Memorial services will be held to remember Ann S. Boddie at Fairview Community Church, 2525 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, California 92625 at noon Saturday November 28, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael Hospice, 12631 East Imperial Highway, Suite F-134, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, or Orange Coast Memorial Hospital Foundation, 9920 Talbert Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.

Published in Orange County Register on Nov. 14, 2009
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