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Gretchen Lee CODE
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GRETCHEN LEE CODE (nee Voaden) Passed away peacefully at Valleyview Long-term Care Home, St. Thomas, Ontario on January 10, 2021 at the age of 83, following a stroke and a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Gretchen was predeceased by her husband Jim. She was the dearly loved mother of Michael and Marion Code, Laura and Harold Lee, and Jackie and Bill North. She was a wonderful grandmother to Elise Code, Keagan and Levi Lee, and Daniel, Nick and Kyra North. Gretchen was also a loving sister, sister-in-law and aunt to Jane and John Ricketts and sons Paul, Christopher and the late Marc Ricketts, and Lois Code and children Victor and Virginia Ceni. Born in Toronto to the late Fred and Hazel (nee Whitcroft) Voaden, Gretchen graduated from University of Toronto in Physical and Occupational Therapy and practiced in her field for many years. Later in her career, she worked in high school career counselling. Gretchen had a wide circle of good friends, and was an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer. She enjoyed playing the piano and had a lovely singing voice. Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family. Williams Funeral Home, St. Thomas has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 14 to Jan. 18, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
So sorry to read of the passing of Gretchen. I have many fond remembrances of her welcoming smile and especially her dedication to her family, who she was so proud. Years ago, Gretchen welcomed me to her home and I enjoyed a warm, friendly visit. I will always remember that visit. Gretchen was a wonderful lady and we thank her for her beautiful memories she left to her family and friends.
Christina and Ken Graham (Leavens)
Classmate
January 14, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy to Gretchen's family for their loss.
Gretchen Code was an amazing woman. I had the pleasure of knowing her in the late 80's and early 90's as a high school guidance counsellor yet she was so much more than that. Gretchen changed the course of my life for the better. She inspired us all to do better, be better but most of all feel better. She was deeply loved and admired by all but especially the class of 1990 MH school.
Forever in our hearts may her light live on in her family and in us all.
Rest in peace dear Gretchen until we meet again.
Lynn Towers
Student
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