Gwendalyn F. Cody, formerly a member of Virginia’s House of Delegates, died last week. She was 99 years old. A veteran of the Second World War, Cody will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
In the 1970’s, Cody was actively involved with the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance. After losing a bid for a seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Cody was elected to serve as a member of the House of Delegates in the 1980’s.
Following her tenure in elected office, Cody went on to a successful career in real estate sales. “I’m in great health, I know what I’m doing. And I love people,” Cody told the Washington Post back in 2005. “And I plan on doing it as long as I can. I have longevity in my veins.”
Cody remained a steadfast Republican, serving as the Fairfax GOP’s 2nd vice chairwoman in the 1990’s. More recently, she was a member of the Monticello Council of Republican Women and often volunteered for GOP candidates.
Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts honored Cody’s memory in a statement issued today. “Gwen Cody was known to all as a fierce patriot, staunch Republican, and loyal friend,” Knotts said. “We are immensely grateful for Gwen’s service to Virginia and to our nation; our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with her many loved ones.”