Sandra Marie CODDING

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Born February 15, 1944 in Santa Rosa. Sandi died unexpectedly at her home in Santa Rosa early April 17, 2014. She was daughter of the late Arthur B. and Barbara Siri. Sandi is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, James Codding; and her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Mike Owen. She was the beloved grandmother of Matthew, Bradley and Molly Owen, and Sara, Rachael, Michael, Andrew, Ben and Danielle Codding. Sandi was step-mother to Jim, Jr., Nancy and Peter Codding (Michelle). She is also survived by her brother, Arthur Siri, Jr. (Lois), brother-in-law Dick Codding (Elaine), Godchildren Vicki (Siri) Gentery, Stacey LaFave, and Markus Wilson, along with many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews. Sandi was preceded in death by her brother, Bruce Siri, and by the tragic loss of three of her children, Stacey, Cameron and Mitchell Clay, who died in a plane accident in 1980. This left a big hole in her life. She privately carried the burden of that very painful and horrific loss valiantly the rest of her life. The Siri family has a long history of living in Santa Rosa. Sandi's parents moved here the day after the Golden Gate Bridge was built. At one point five generations of Sandi's immediate family lived in Santa Rosa, including Sandi's grandmother, mother, daughter and two grandsons. Her father Art Siri, was the largest paving contractor in Northern California. She was proud of the fact that she graduated in 1962 with the first graduating class that attended all four years at the then-new Ursuline High School on Ursuline Road. In 2012, she received her "Golden Diploma" from Ursuline for her 50th high school reunion. Sandi was well-known for her great cooking and entertaining skills. She had many beautiful summer backyard parties at their home. Over the years she generously hosted a number of non-profit events, garden tours and home tours, weddings, and bridal and baby showers at her former Midway Drive home. She volunteered for and financially contributed to many worthy causes. She served on the Codding Foundation for many years, and was an active member of the board for the Sonoma County Museum for a number of years. Raised in a close Italian family with many family traditions, she tried to carry them on for her children and grandchildren. She was a caring and wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. She made all the holidays and many birthday parties very special for her family. She had a keen fashion sense. For many years she modeled in fashion shows for Rose Red, Joseph Magnin and a number of other organizations and stores. She was part-owner of Rafinee in Montgomery Village, along with Nel Codding and a few other good friends. They brought high-fashion clothing to Sonoma County. She would travel to New York several times each year on buying trips for the store. Sandi had a great sense of humor; she was very animated and known for her fabulous story-telling skills. She also enjoyed pilates at Tone, going on walks with friends, decorating, cooking, entertaining, Sonoma Valley wine-tasting, shopping trips to San Francisco, and playing mahjong and bunco. In her younger years, she enjoyed sewing, crocheting and needlepoint. She was proud of being both a Cub Scout den mother and Brownie Troop leader for her children. She also snow skied with the Santa Rosa Ski Club and played bridge at that time. A member of Wild Oak Saddle Club, she frequently attended events there. She loved to attend brunches at the club and watch the polo matches. She was an active member on the Social Committee for the Wild Oak Villages Community. Always interested in history, theater and current events, she regularly attended lectures at Sonoma State on these topics. Sandi and Jim enjoyed many years in their second home in Scottsdale, AZ from 1998 till 2010. She played some golf, went on long desert walks with her friends, entertained many Santa Rosans as houseguests, and enjoyed the great shopping and restaurants there. She was a true world traveler. She and Jim traveled to locations throughout the U.S., Europe, Russia, seven African Safaris, Canada, Mexico and many other interesting places. Sandi and Jim attended the inauguration of Ronald Reagan in 1985 and were invited to a State Dinner at the White House in 1981 with President and Mrs. Reagan in honor of the King and Queen of Spain. Sandi had a terrific time celebrating her 70th birthday, hosted by her daughter Nancy, with close friends and family in February of this year. Friends are invited to attend a Liturgy Service on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Star of the Valley Church in Oakmont, 545 White Oak Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Private interment will be near her three late children at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Santa Rosa. In Sandi's memory donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Daniel's Chapel of the Roses 525-3730
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Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95402
(707) 525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 23 to Apr. 29, 2014
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