OCEAN RIDGE — Ann Cody, who made family integral throughout her long life, died Feb. 24. She was 91.
Ann Handy was born on Dec. 31, 1928, in Montpelier, Vermont. The daughter of Toffee and Theresa Handy, Ann grew up in Montpelier and attended Saint Michael’s High School. She received a college scholarship, but declined it to take care of her ailing mother.
She was married to the love of her life, Rayden Cody, for 68 years. Ann and Rayden raised two daughters, Mary Ann and Vicki. Upon deciding to live full time in Florida, the couple became an integral part of the grandchildren’s — and then great-grandchildren’s — lives. Mrs. Cody also stayed close to her more than 30 nieces and nephews by letters and phone calls and then emails and text — and with their frequent visits to Florida. Her dinner parties, holiday gatherings and famed Lebanese menus kept the family close.
Mrs. Cody’s Catholic faith guided her belief in giving back to the community. She worked with the Vermont Catholic Diocese to deliver newborn babies to their adoptive parents. She was also an active member of the Junior Women’s Club, president of the St. Ann’s Society in Vermont, and she traveled rural New England to register women to vote. Moreover, she delivered meals through Meals on Wheels.
In Florida, she was a communicant of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach, where she was also a guardian at the perpetual adoration chapel. For over 10 years, Mrs. Cody was an officer of the Oceanwalk Condominium Association in Ocean Ridge. She was also an active member in the Ocean Ridge Garden Club and the Page Turners Book Club.
Those celebrating Mrs. Cody’s life include her children, Mary Ann Cody and Vicki (Warren) Mack; her grandchildren, Colleen (Josh) Rynne, Andrea (Jesse) Drawas, and Cody Mack; her great-grandchildren, Madeline and James Rynne, Hazel and Ruby Drawas; her sister Janet Dutil; and sisters-in-law Sondra Handy, Mary (Fred) Bashara and Yolande Cody.
Ann was predeceased by her husband, Rayden J. Cody, and their infant son, Charles; her brothers James Handy and Joseph Handy; sisters Nancy Handy and Joan Robert; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Robert and Janice Cody, Conrad and Betti Cody, Donald Cody, and Arthur Robert.
A wake was held Feb. 28 at Boynton Memorial Chapel in Boynton Beach. A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 29 at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Delray Beach.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Vincent Ferrer Care Ministry, 840 George Bush Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33483.
Obituary submitted by the family.