Josefa “Pepi” Boda passed away December 30th after a long illness. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Ms. Boda was born February 4th, 1929 in Spain to Gerardo Barrena and Beatriz Marroco. She left home at a young age due to the economic unrest under Franco. She traveled and worked across Spain, eventually moving to England in 1959. There she met Victor Boda from Hungary. Neither one of them spoke much English, but they communicated with a Spanish/Hungarian dictionary and soon fell in love.
They married in London and began raising their children there. In 1979 they immigrated to the US always striving for a better life. They finally settled in Raleigh. Ms Boda was a devoted mother and wife. She was a fantastic cook and prepared the most delicious Sunday lunches. She had an unending supply of jokes to tell anyone who would listen, some of which might make you blush. She was very artistic and loved to cross stitch pillows, knit and draw. She loved growing flowers and tending her garden. She loved her parakeets Chi Chi and Cha Cha who danced on her head. She loved to travel and visited numerous countries across South America and the Caribbean. She often traveled back to Spain to visit with her sisters and beloved large extended family. She was an amazing YaYa to her grandchildren. She loved them more than life itself and had an unlimited supply of cookies, lollipops, back scratches and hugs for them. They loved to play their violas, and practice their spanish with her, and she was always an enthusiastic audience.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A small private memorial will be held in the near future.
Ms. Boda is survived by her daughter Beatrice Boda her husband Tommie Wiggins, her daughter Mary-Anne Collins her husband Bill, grandchildren Aidan and Jason, her sister Marina Barrena and many nieces and nephews in Spain .
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. (919) 556-5811