Iva Lorene Jones O'Dell

August 18, 1919May 31, 2018

Lorene was born 8/18/1919 in Admiral in Callahan County, Texas to W.F. Jones and Rachel Mattie Mauldin Jones. She married Alvin Walter O'Dell on June 10, 1940 and they were married for 65 years before Mr. O'Dell's death in 2005. She has two children, daughter, Donna (O'Dell) Gordon and son, Alvin O'Dell, both of Abilene, Texas. Lorene was a homemaker except for the 17 years that she spent working in the Bonham Elementary School cafeteria for AISD. She was manager for several years until her retirement. Lorene was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, her parents, W.F. and Rachel Jones. Also preceding her in death were her brothers Cecil Jones, Harold Jones and Oscar Jones. Her remaining sibling was Lois Jones Elliott Haddock who passed in 2017 at the age of 99 plus two months. She is survived by her children Donna and Larry Gordon, and Alvin and Linda O'Dell. Also grandchildren, Russell Gordon and children, Phaedra and Bryan Davis and children, Kristie O'Dell-Farias and Israel and children, Kelli and Kristian Allen and children, Skylor and Heather Adkisson and children, Angela and Bryan Pope and children, Kimberly and Mark Davison and children, and Tammy Adkisson. All total, Lorene has 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was a member at Second Baptist Church in Abilene for over 40 years that she truly loved. She was creative, energetic, and always searching for something to keep her busy. Crocheting was her passion. She also delivered for Meals on Wheels for many years. Her homemade chocolate cake, banana pudding and dressing were specialties. For many years, she sang for the "elderly" at Coronado Nursing Facility. She drove capably until she was 94 years of age. She graduated from the Bayou School in Callahan County and enjoyed reunions through 2013. She was also caring and compassionate with a "heart" to give and a "passion" to serve others. A visitation will be held from 1 to 3pm on Sunday, June 3, 2018 in the Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Memories, located at 542 Hickory Street, with a funeral service beginning at 3pm. She will be buried at the Admiral Cemetery next to her beloved "Walter" along with many other relatives that have gone on before. For 13 plus years, she has been looking forward to a reunion with him in heaven. Lorene was a realist who took one day at a time and did not fret about the small stuff. She did not worry about her life because she was confident in her relationship with God. You may view and sign the guestbook at


  • Visitation Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 3, 2018

Iva Lorene Jones O'Dell

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Joyce (Howard) Lovell

June 1, 2018

Sending my condolences to all of Lorene's family. She was a sweet lady that had a special peace about her. I admired her quiet spirit and gentleness. Praying God's comfort for each of you.

Cindy Brown

June 1, 2018

Sweet, Sweet Lorene - Always made me feel like I was the one person she wanted to see that day!