Janet Ruth ( Codrey) Bright born March 15, 1935 took flight from this earthly life on April 30 2019 to walk among the stars. Janet was born in Dowell Illinois to Ralph E. and Margurite (Doolin) Codrey and grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma but lived most of her life in Oklahoma City and recently resided at Bradford Village in Edmond Oklahoma.

She was a proud student of Oklahoma State University and surprised us all when she returned to school late in life earning a degree in religion from Oklahoma City University fulfilling a promise made to her father.

She is survived by her sons and family – Doug Bright and wife Christy of Yukon Oklahoma, Tim Bright and Kim of Oklahoma City and Patrick Bright and wife Anna-Lisa Of Edmond Oklahoma.

Mom took great pride in her grandchildren- Amanda, Zach, Trevor, Devin, Hunter, Abbey, Brandon, Rae-Anna and great – grandchildren, Bentley and Maggie. They all filled her heart with joy.

Survived also by her brothers John Codrey and wife Cecilia of Tulsa and David Codrey of Jennings Oklahoma and their families.

Mom loved good food, recipes, cookbooks and treating her family to a steak at Cattleman’s. She hosted great holiday parties and seemed to always know the best caterers.

Mom also loved travel, books, history, the Kennedys, movies, her flower gardens and the arts. She served as a docent at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. She was stylish in her dress when the occasion required it but most often was dressed for comfort as she wanted those around her to also be comfortable. She showed her whimsey sometimes by wearing wide brimmed hats and feather boas. She was always ready to hear or to tell a good joke and her ready laughter will be greatly missed. She will tickle the angels of heaven as they welcome one of their own and she will be wearing good walking shoes as there will be a a lot to see. She faced adversity in life with courage and grace and lived life with few complaints and no regrets. She lived life well and we all will carry with us forever the example of her wisdom and wit. Her smile will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Death took our mother but it never touched her spirit.

“No coward soul is mine, no trembler in world’s troubled sphere. I see Heaven’s glories shine and Faith shines equal arming me from fear.” – Emily Bronte

Family visitation is Monday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home 601 South Kelly in Edmond Oklahoma and interment will be on Tuesday at 1:00 PM at Memorial Park Cemetery 5111 South Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma.




  1. Janet was smart, cheerful and very witty. We always loved being around Janet. She sure loved her family. Janet will be missed.

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