In Memoriam: Wendy Tyler Cobleigh

Wendy Tyler Cobleigh (1957-2024) passed away peacefully on June 19th, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She is deeply missed by her husband of 57 years, Don Cobleigh; her children Matt Cobleigh (Nikki), Ted Cobleigh (Julie), and Molly Gildea (Dan); her grandchildren Kai, Lily, Abbey, Sierra, Morgan, Tuolumne, and Warren; and her brother Tim Tyler. Wendy also leaves behind a large and supportive circle of friends from all stages of her life.

A devoted and creative mother, Wendy raised not only her three children but also numerous litters of puppies, bunnies, and hamsters. She enjoyed sewing for her children, making everyday clothes, elaborate Halloween costumes, and even her daughter’s wedding dress. Wendy built toys, including a giant rocking horse, coached soccer teams, and warmly hosted countless visitors.

In her professional life, Wendy found great fulfillment serving on various boards, believing in the power of positive community impact. She was a board member of the Pasadena Foothill Valley YWCA, the Pasadena PTA Council, and the Armory Center for the Arts. Wendy’s proudest achievements include her work on the City of Pasadena Community Development Committee, particularly saving the Pasadena Train Station. She also served on the Affordable Housing Task Force, the committee to integrate Pasadena, the Community Nonviolence Resource Center, the Fair Housing Council of the San Gabriel Valley/Housing Rights Center, and the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors’ Equal Opportunities and Political Action Committees.

Wendy was a generous and warm host to everyone who walked through her door. She loved hosting parties, and visitors were always welcome. She shared family traditions with international students, neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Wendy enjoyed crafting her grandmother’s Christmas marmalade, sharing her family’s English Christmas pudding, and making her traditional day-after-Thanksgiving turkey enchiladas.

Moving forward without Wendy will not be easy, as she brought beauty, warmth, joy, and fun into the lives of all who knew her. We will strive to carry on her traditions and honor her generous spirit. Above all, we will remember her daily as we practice the countless lessons she taught us. Our love for her is endless.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pasadena Education Foundation General Fund in her name at https://pasedfoundation.org/support/donate/. For information about a memorial service on August 2nd, please contact molly@cobleigh.net.