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Barbara Codega, age 56, of Reno, Nevada, became heaven and earth's newest Angel on March 19, 2013. She will still be looking out and over all of us, forever in the hearts of her family and friends.
Barbara was born in Iola, Kansas on February 28, 1957. As a small child, Barbara's family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada until being 'uprooted' to Reno to begin her high school years at Reno High School. She attended the University of Nevada, where she was very active in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Barbara was married to Jeff Codega, a lifelong Renoite, on May 23, 1981. While Barbara helped her husband and many others from a business perspective, her real passion was being a mother and friend. Her proudest accomplishments were the raising of her four children. This was her most important 'job' and greatest source of joy. She 'went to work' right away with her first child entering the world just under ten months of her marriage. She loved to collect little things and big friends. When faced with the opportunity to receive an extravagant gift or a cute package of 'Hello Kitty' stickers from a friend or loved one, she would choose the small gift of adoring love every time. Helping others, whether long-time friends or a friend of two minutes, brought her great joy. She loved everyone and loved to help. Looking out for the needs of others are the gifts she most enjoyed.
Barbara is survived by her husband of nearly 32 years, Jeff, her four children -- Derek age 31, Mindy Beth Amundson age 30, Collin age 24, Marc age 22, and her son-in-law, Andy Amundson, who is most definitely her fifth 'child.' She is also survived by her mother Carrie Townley-Porter who joined Barbara and Jeff's household last October, Her father, John Townley, preceded her passing in 1994. She spoke of the joy she would get in being with her father. Barbara also has a brother, John Mark (JT) who lives in Reno, and her sister of Richland, Washington. Noteworthy, that one of her very best friends, her paternal grandmother, who lives in Arizona, will be a spry 106 this September. She also had dozens of cousins, nieces, nephews and aunts and uncles that she will be looking over.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1138 Wright St., Reno, at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. A celebration of life reception will immediately follow the services at the Our Lady of the Snows Parish Hall. Burial will be private at Mountain View Cemetery.
Thank you to all of the wonderful people that are Barbara's most important aspects in life and will continue forever. In lieu of flowers, say hello to a 'stranger,' commit a random act of kindness, or give your time, treasures and talent to the charity that will give you, and Barbara, the greatest joy.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Walton Funeral Home, Reno.
Walton's Sierra Chapel, Reno
875 West 2nd Street Reno, NV 89505
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Mar. 24, 2013