Carole Bodey


Carole Duncan Simpson Bodey, longtime resident of Grays Harbor, passed away at 12:00 Noon, on Monday, October 21, 2013, at home. Born in Berkeley, California, when her father was a graduate student in mathematics, the family moved south during the Great Depression. Parents Dewey and Iolene (Leever) Duncan had grown up across the Ohio River from each other, but they met in San Francisco.

Carole (everyone in Ocean Shores called her by her given name) grew up and attended school in Los Angeles. While a student at UCLA during World War II, she met and married a sailor, then moved to Bob Simpson’s home in Indianapolis, Indiana. She and her husband raised four sons there, in Texas City, Texas, and in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston.

In Honolulu, she wrote a newspaper column and worked for Eloise Cruse, the columnist who began Hints From Heloise.

After her marriage ended, Carole began a career as a secondary school teacher in Los Angeles. She taught English and supervised the student newspaper. She retired after twenty years upon her marriage to Sylvester (Buck) Bodey of Chenois Creek.

Carole led an active life in Grays Harbor County, working with her husband at his business. After Buck Bodey’s death, she moved to Ocean Shores, where she participated in community activities.

Carole Bodey belonged to American Pen Women, Washington Press Association, Ocean Shores Community Club, and Friends of the Library.

Carole Bodey was 87. She is survived by three sons, Robert of Ocean Shores, Richard of Camp Hill, Texas, and Lawrence of Georgetown, Texas; daughter-in-law Ana, of Georgetown; son-in-law, William Graham of Ocean Shores; and brother-in-law, Dr. George Hermann of Bryn Mawr, Pa. Her parents; sister, Myrl; and son, William preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Ocean Shores United Methodist Church.