When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears.
Live on and do all things the same.
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!
Bessie Pauline “Pod” Coward, age 69, a longtime Birdsview area resident, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley with her family by her side.
She was born on May 25, 1940 in Silva, North Carolina the daughter of Ernest and Merle (Ammons) Fox.
Pod was a resident of the Skagit Valley for the past 60 years and formerly resided in Silva, NC. The family moved to Skagit County in the early 1950’s living in Clear Lake where she attended school and where she was active in many sports, receiving letter awards in Basketball and Baseball.
She was united in marriage to Daniel Russell Coward on April 8, 1958 and they made their home in Clear Lake until moving to Birdsview in the late 1970’s.
She was a loving mother to many. She loved to travel as long as she didn’t have to drive, and was a Co-pilot for everyone. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings and BBQ’s where she loved to hear her brothers Mike and Kenny sing. She was a long time pool player in the Skagit Valley Women’s Pool League and also loved to paint and enjoyed camping.
She is survived by her loving husband, Russell Coward of Birdsview. Her children, Brenda Geary and her husband Randy of Sedro-Woolley, Pam Mottet of Sedro-Woolley, Danny Coward and Cecily Moore of Rockport and Paul Coward and Deena Mattis of Pierce, Idaho. Two sisters, Shirley Hots and her husband Larry and Ruby Elliott. Four brothers, Mike Fox and his wife Daisy, Vic Fox and his wife Kathy, Larry Fox and his wife Monica and Kenny Fox. 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister’s Emma Erna-Mae Cahill, Kathy Anderson and brother Jim Fox.
Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday May 5, 2010 at 11:00am at the Hamilton Cemetery with Pastor Walt Rice officiating. Viewing is available on Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Lemley Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Bessie Coward Funeral Trust c/o Wells Fargo Bank. A Potluck gathering will immediately follow services at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Wicker Road in Sedro-Woolley.