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Eva O'Dell

December 31, 1923 - September 1, 2017

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs

Church First United Methodist Church of Excelsior Springs

  • Visitation: 1-2p, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at First United Methodist Church of Excelsior Springs
  • Memorial Service: 2p, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at First United Methodist Church of Excelsior Springs
  • Internment: 11a, Thursday, October 26, 2017, at North New Garden Cemetery

Eva Louise O’Dell, age 93, passed away September 1, 2017, at St. David’s Hospital, Georgetown, Texas. Visitation will be 1-2p, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Excelsior Springs, MO. A Memorial Service will follow at 2p, at the Church. Internment at North New Garden Cemetery, Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 11am.

She was born December 31, 1923, in Excelsior Springs, the daughter of Farris and Ada Wilson. In 1942 she married E.L. Clevenger and to this marriage three children were born: Annette Voelter (David) of Georgetown, TX, Janice Mawby (Jack) of Liberty, MO and Rusty Clevenger (Mary Ann) of Rocky Mount, MO. In 1966 she married Harold J. O’Dell and has two step children, James H. O’Dell (Linda) of Liberty, MO and Marsha Pennington (Roger) of Excelsior Springs, MO.

Her parents preceded her in death. Harold passed away in February 2000 and daughter Janice in February 2014. She is survived by a sister, Ruth Mordue of Excelsior Springs and a brother Farris D. Wilson of Mountain View, Hawaii. She also had 11 grand-children, 18 great-grand-children, and seven great-great-grand-children.

Eva Louise was talented with her oil painting, basket weaving, gardening, needlework in the form of crocheting, knitting, and needlepoint, all of which she often generously gave her pieces of art to family and friends. She was taught by her mom and dad that “anything worth doing was worth doing well,” and it showed in every task she set out to accomplish. In her youth, she played basketball, and marched in the band with a big bass drum … pretty good for a young lady of her stature.

Eva Louise was a “fiery” red headed lady. When she and her brother and sister were seen at family gatherings or about town, it was remarkable to look at the three beautiful red headed siblings.

With her husband, Harold, they raised Simmental cattle on their Chillicothe Ranch while running a Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealership. She was also great at gardening and sharing her bounty with children, friends and family. She worked hard to be a top notch bookkeeper and received annual awards of excellence for her outstanding work.

Burial will be in North New Garden Cemetery. Arrangements are through Hidden Valley Funeral Home at 5951 East Hwy 10, Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Excelsior Springs, MO, 1650 Rainbow Blvd., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.

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