Obituary of Elizabeth H. Odell
South Hadley- Elizabeth H. Odell, 99, passed away January 26, 2022. She is the daughter of Marion and Lyster Hetherington and was born in Foochow (Fuchou) China in 1922. They returned to the United Stated and lived in many towns in Central New York state, ultimately residing in Owego, New York. After attending Plattsburgh State Teacher’s College she became a home economics teacher prior to having a family. Over the years she and husband, Frank, primarily lived in Delmar, NY and then Naples, FL. In 2003 she moved to Loomis Villages, in South Hadley.
She was an avid knitter, reader and enjoyed completing wooden jigsaw puzzles. She and Frank enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United Stated and the world. She visited approximately 32 countries and all 50 states. She enjoyed snorkeling in the Galapagos, Climbed the Great Wall in China, took a hot air balloon ride and ziplined with her family. She was also able to return to China and visit her birthplace with her daughter and granddaughter. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of South Hadley. She enjoyed emailing with her grandchildren and keeping up with the news of the world. She had a kind and generous spirit supporting many community organizations locally and nationally.
She is survived by Tom and Carol Odell, Chatham, Mass, Nancy and Gary Maynard, Whately, MA, Richard and Meg Taylor, Boca Grande, FL, as well as 6 grandchildren, Alison (David) Bricker, Marin, CA, John (Juniper) Odell, Old Fort, NC, Sara Gavryck, Berkeley, CA, Emily (Bernie) Childs, Fairfield, CT, Nicholas (Cristina) Taylor, Beverly, MA, Monica (Joseph) Boghos, Portsmouth, NH. She has 12 great grandchildren Miles and Collin Bricker, Kenyon and Naomi Odell, Kaiyan and Liyan Ji, Henry and George Childs, Jack, Tucker, and Susie Boghos, and Henry Taylor. She was predeceased by her husband Frank H. Odell and daughter Susan Odell Taylor. She was also predeceased by her sister Nancy Abbott and brother Richard Hetherington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Susan Odell Taylor School for Children, 116 Pinewoods Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 and Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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