Odella Irene “Granny” Gardner passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Central Wyoming Hospice. She is now in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior.
Odella was born on January 30, 1922 in Ness City, Kansas to Jacob and Agatha (Lieker) Gabel. She was the 11th child of 13 raised in Great Bend, Kansas.
On June 13, 1942, she married Edward M. Gardner in Battle Creek, Michigan. After being discharged from the Army they resided in Great Bend, Kansas where their two sons, Eddie and John were born. They moved to Casper, WY in 1951 where their daughter, Connie was born.
Odella worked at the Natrona County Treasurer’s Office and Shaderite Co. and volunteered many hours at St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Shops in Casper and Yuma, Arizona.
She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and most crafts in general and traveling near and far. Her faith and family were very important to her. She loved a good joke and having fun was paramount to her. If you didn’t have fun when she was around it was your own fault. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary, Casper Mountain Lions Club, Casper College Booster Club, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
After retiring, she and Eddie were snowbirds in Borrego Springs, California and later moved to Yuma, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998 and returned to live in Casper in 2000. She was also preceded in death by her 12 siblings.
She is survived by her children Eddie (Vivian), John (Judy), Connie Smith (Charlie), five grandchildren, Ann Taddeo (Anthony), Bryan Gardner (Armando), Kelly Woody (Chad), Heather Smith-Spears (Edmond), Tiffany Kellick (Bryan) and 15 great-grandchildren, Patrick, Paul, Cheyenne, Jessica, Trevon, D’Anthony, E.J., Jayce, Katelyn, Emya, Zakira, McKena, Levi, Maeci, and Blake as well as several nieces and nephews.
Her service will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Private grave site services will be held later at Oregon Trail Veteran’s Cemetery in Evansville, WY.
Memorials may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice or a charity of one’s choice.
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