Leona Frances Sharp O'Dell, 90, of Higginsville, formerly of Marshall, died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville.
Funeral services with an Eastern Star service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at First United Methodist Church in Marshall, with Rev. Dave Huck officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Marshall in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Oct. 18, 1917, in Pittsburg, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Jesse Walker Sharp and Velma Myrtle Bryant Sharp. On Aug. 18, 1943, in Los Angeles, Calif., she married Woodrow W. "Woody" O'Dell, who survives of the home. They moved to Marshall soon after World War II ended, moving to John Knox Village East in Higginsville in 1999. She graduated from Higginsville High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in business education and her Master's degree in vocational education from University of Central Missouri (CMSU) in Warrensburg. She taught school for 27 years, beginning her teaching career in Lexington, where she taught for two years. She also taught part time at Blackburn and Missouri Valley College. She retired in 1984 from Marshall Public Schools, where she taught business education at the high school and the vocational school. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Missouri Business Education Association, Missouri Vocational Association (now MACTE), Marshall Chamber of Commerce and was a lifetime member of Missouri State Teachers' Association. She was also a member of Marshall Chapter 408 Order of the Eastern Star, served as worthy matron of the Marshall chapter and held the office of Grand Chaplain in the Missouri Order of the Eastern Star. Traveling was one of her pastimes, and she served as a delegate leader in the People to People Student Ambassador Program for the last eight years of her teaching career. After retiring, she loved to travel with Woody, her children and grandchildren, and friends from Woody's 711 Tank Battalion.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Sharon L. Branson and her husband, Gary, of Ozawkie, Kan., and Carol Ann Strodtman and her husband, Kent, of Independence; four grandchildren, Leslie Alan Branson and his wife, Missie, of Marshall, Chad Duane Branson and his wife, Carrie, of Meriden, Kan., Laura Jane Moberly and her husband, John, of Herndon, Va., and Shelby Ann Strodtman of Independence; one step-grandson, Loren Strodtman of Independence; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and loyal friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Melvin J. Sharp, Merle Sharp and Lowell Sharp; one sister, Velma Mischon; and one stepsister, Vanita Smith.
Additional information provided per family recompense.