Vernell Odom, 76

Vernell Odom, 76, of Constantine, Mich., died June 6, 2009 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo following a two-week illness.

She was born Feb. 3, 1933 in Jasper, Ala., a daughter of Louis and Willie May (Gradey) Hyche.
She was a Constantine resident for 12 years, coming from White Pigeon where she lived for 20 years. She had lived in Elkhart, Ind., prior to that.

On Sept. 17, 1949, she married Jack Odom in Birmingham, Ala. He died in 1965.

She was a homemaker and a mother and enjoyed her family and grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters, Debbie (Ed) Dressler of White Pigeon, Mary (R.J.) Niece of Three Rivers and Benita Lammon of Port Clinton, Ohio; a son, Ronnie E. (Jan) Odum of Three Rivers; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mae Griffin, Katie Edie, both of White Pigeon, and Evelyn (Leon) Griffin of Constantine; a brother, Vernon (Sue) Hyche of White Pigeon; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Jackie Caldwell; two sons, Roger and Patrick Odom; a sister, Lilly Mae Hyche; and four brothers, Thomas, Roy, James and Jonnie Hyche.

Relative and friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Farrand Funeral Home of White Pigeon where services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. John McClimans of Three Rivers First Church of God officiating. Burial will abe in Mottville Township Cemetery, Mottville, Mich.

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