1933 – 2021
Freda (Winifred) Codd died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the age of 87. Leaving us on Mother’s Day was appropriate as she valued her role as a mother and grandmother and will not be forgotten.
Freda was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, were her father was stationed to establish branches of the Bank of England, and to serve the mining and agricultural sectors in the 30s and 40s. With her two sisters Liz and Joan, and parents Beatrice and Harold, the British family moved from Paraguay to Argentina to Peru.
Upon return to England Freda studied nursing and earned her certificate in London at 17, pursuing her profession in London and later in America.
She met David Richards in 1955 on a beach in Nice, where he purportedly asked for a cigarette light. They were married soon after. Living initially in London and Paris, where their two kids were born, their relationship was as fiery as the first smoke they shared. They immigrated to the U.S. by way of NYC and settled in Indianapolis to raise their two children. Following her divorce from David in 1970, she moved to Virginia and then Maryland where she married William Codd. This second marriage in 1972 created great joy for her until his death in 1993. She then moved from Maryland to Washington State to be closer to her family. There she met her final partner, Mickey Sexton, with whom she lived until his death in 2017.
Freda will be remembered as a caring, loyal, compassionate, and honest friend. She could be blunt about her opinions, but also unconditionally supportive of those she loved. Many viewed her as a soul mate. She could be very perceptive about the world and shared those perceptions with others. She was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain, bringing people together for many large gatherings; she created welcoming, comfortable places for people to enjoy each other and her food, as long as it did not contain white sugar. She was full of life and determination. She was fiercely independent and brave, designing and getting built her home in Sequim. She loved gardening and creating outdoor spaces for people to relax in. Her family will remember many vacations together, especially in a shared Wisconsin home where we would gather each summer over multiple years.
Freda is survived by her two children: daughter, Maryse Richards (Brandon Taylor) and their two children, Heather and Niara, and son, Michael Richards (Rita Brogan) and their two children, Zachary Elway (Jasmine Mahmoud) and Hunter Richards. Freda is preceded in death by her sisters Joan and Liz.
Donations can be made to Vashon Community Care or Nature Conservancy, Washington Nature.
Michael Ann Hight
On the morning of April 22, 2021, Michael Ann Hight passed away peacefully at the age of 82.
Michael Ann was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa and was the eldest of 5 siblings. In her 20s, she worked as an Executive Secretary at an insurance agency and married her first husband, Michael Paul Warywoda. They had two children; a daughter Jenny Ann Drummond; and a son, Patrick Davis Warywoda. Her desire to be on the West Coast brought them to Northern California in 1968.
In 1970, Michael Ann divorced Michael Paul and met the love of her life, her second husband, Gary Hight Sr. They spent the next 25 years living and working in San Jose, CA, and enjoying family vacation road trips to Nebraska, Iowa and New Mexico
Michael Ann was very talented in arts and crafts. She spent her time designing and creating intricate macramО wall hangings and selling them at art fairs along with helping Gary design sterling silver jewelry, and running an American Indian jewelry store. She had a kindred spirit for Native Americans and loved attending pow-wows and listening to the hypnotic rhythms of the drums. So strong was her connection to the Native Americans, she and Gary relocated to Rio Ranch, New Mexico to be closer to the Indigenous American culture and the breathtaking colors of the Southwest mountains and sky.
In 1998, Michael Ann and Gary retired to Port Angeles, WA where they welcomed the contrast of cooler climates in the Pacific Northwest.
Michael Ann also had a passion for interior decorating and furniture restoration. She enjoyed jazz music and BBC mystery shows, loved to laugh at the comedy of Bill Maher, and discussing politics and current events. And of course, she adored pampering her beloved chihuahua, Baby.
Michael Ann is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Gary; her daughter Jenny; son Patrick and stepson Gary Hight Jr.; her sister Susan Godfroid; and youngest brother Todd Davis, as well as nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
We are all very blessed to have had such a loving, kindhearted and talented woman in our lives. She will be greatly missed.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to: 100 Heather Circle, Port Angeles, WA 98362.