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In memory of

Verda Odom

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Monday, August 28, 2006 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 85

Verda G. Gaines was born May 18, 1921, on her parents’ homestead in Coleman County, near Coleman, Texas, the daughter of John W. and Monnie (Harris) Gaines. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Burkett High School in Burkett, Texas.

Verda was united in marriage to Harold Price Odom on January 6, 1940, at Coleman, Texas. They made their home on a farm near Coleman for two years before moving to Bisbee, Arizona where they resided until moving to South Dakota in 1949. They lived on a farm-ranch four miles north of Cottonwood, which they operated until retiring and moving into Philip in 1989.

Her husband Harold preceded her in death on December 5, 1992.

Verda was a member of the Church of Christ in Rapid City, the Bad River Senior Citizens, the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, as well as a volunteer at the nursing home.

Grateful for having shared her life include her daughter Sandra O’Connor and her husband Bill of Philip; four grandchildren Mitzi Boyd and her husband Bruce of Philip, Marty Burns and his wife Tricia of Philip, Sheri Slama and her husband Brooks of Sioux Falls, and Sharlene Cross and her husband Matthew of Sioux Falls; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband Harold, Verda was preceded in death by her son Robert Odom; a grandson Michael O’Connor; her parents; and two brothers Gene T. Garrett and J.W. Gaines.

Closed-casket visitation was held 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the hall on Wednesday.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 30, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Minister Allen Tolliver officiating.

Interment was be in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

A memorial is established.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 10:00 a.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota
Minister Allen Tolliver
Haakon County Crooners
"Amazing Grace"
"Old Rugged Cross"
Kieth Smith – Dugan Stewart
Bruce Boyd – Brooks Slama – Matthew Cross
Mel Smith – Tommy Odom – Jack Hansen
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 10:00 a.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota

  • Cousin Sandra, it has been such a pleasure knowing your mother. Opal loved her like a sister and they were so alike. We so enjoyed having her in our home while visiting with Opal. We are so glad that we were able to come to see her. What a privilege for you to have had such a mother.
    Our prayers are for you and your family. Our blessing is that you will have peace and many fond memories to sustain you.
    Love to each of your family.
    ~ Lynda and Ronald Gray 13738 Pebble Oak, San Antonio, TX 78231 (8/28/2006)
  • Sandra and Family: My mother and your mother were friends and neighbors for many years in the Cottonwood area. I always remember you mothers smile. They both went to our Lord and Savior on the same day. May God bless you and comfort you at this difficult time. ~ Lorraine Brooks 5550 Corbin Dr., Rapid City, SD (8/28/2006)
  • So sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sure Verda will be missed by everyone. I remember knowing here from about the time I was 10 years old. She was a very sweet person. My prayers will be with you all God bless you all ~ Ann Roberts 2101 Manchester Circle, Ft. Collins, CO 80526 (8/28/2006)
  • I am so sorry to hear that Verda passed away. We saw her every year when we came back home to visit mom, and was so sad that we didn't get to see her this year. I will always remember how nice she was and her great accent and smile. ~ Maureen and Bud Martz Waynesboro, PA (8/28/2006)
  • Verda was a true lady! My parents had so many good times with her and Harold. May they all rejoice in heaven now! ~ Shelia Trask Wasta, SD (8/28/2006)
  • We enjoyed knowing Verda and are sorry to hear of her passing. Deepest sympathy to all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. ~ Bev and Cork Jahner Kerrville, Texas and Philip, SD (8/28/2006)
  • I just met Marty's Grandmother this past winter, but what a treasure she was. I know they don't make them like her anymore! I pray that the whole Family will take comfort in knowing that she is in the Loving arms of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May His spirit comfort you in the days, weeks and months ahead. God Bless you all. Wayne Scofield ~ Wayne Schofield, Trisha (Marty Burns) Father Garden City, Kansas (8/28/2006)