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Obituaries » Coraine “Codgie” Somers

Coraine Sarah Anne “Codgie” Somers, 80, of Amissville, passed peacefully Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Shenandoah Senior Living in Front Royal after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born April 20, 1937, in England, to the late Joseph and Alicia Baker.

Mrs. Somers was born in Brentford, in West London, and survived the bombings of London in World War II as a young child. After graduating from college with a teaching degree, she traveled to the United States to take a teaching job at Sacred Heart Greenwich School, in Greenwich, Connecticut. While there, she met and fell in love with Thomas F. Somers III, her future husband, from Pelham, N.Y. After the wedding, they moved for his work to New Jersey and Illinois before he began his own business based in Beckley, West Virginia, as a manufacturers’ representative. Mrs. Somers helped her husband run the business, operating the office and raising their children while he traveled.

They spent vacation time at Snowshoe Ski Resort and Alderson on the Greenbrier River, both in West Virginia. They also periodically visited many friends around the U.S. and her mother, Alicia, in England; Mrs. Somers was very proud of her British roots. She loved playing bridge and card games in general. She had a great competitive spirit and offered much-needed advice and support to her family and friends, whom she loved deeply.

Mr. and Mrs. Somers were strong defenders of the unborn and supported many churches, including Saint Francis de Sales in Beckley, Precious Blood in Culpeper and Saint John in Warrenton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Thomas Francis Somers, III, and two siblings, Pamela Perceval Maxwell and Ian Baker.

Survivors include two children, Sarah Scaring and husband Bill of Warrenton and Thomas Francis Somers IV of Amissville; a brother, George Winston Baker of England, and six grandchildren, Will, Ben, Nick, Claire, Lauren and Olivia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton. Interment will follow at Culpeper National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warrenton Pregnancy Center, 400 Holiday Court, Suite 101 Warrenton, Va. 20186.

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