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Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors

4000 Miller Ave, Fort Worth, TX

OBITUARY

ODESSA MARIE RAVIN

July 17, 1934January 25, 2020

On January 25, 2020, Odessa Marie Ravin transitioned peacefully in her sleep from labor to reward. Mrs. Ravin, a beloved pillar of the Fort Worth Community, dedicated her career to investing in the lives of children through education. She believed that not only could all children learn, but that every child would learn that passed her way. She retired from FWISD after 39 years of exemplary service, culminating her career as the principal of Morningside Middle School. Mrs. Ravin also was known throughout the city as one who served God faithfully through music. She and her husband, John Ravin where charter members of Metropolitan Church of Christ. There she directed the choir, taught ladies’ Bible study, led the Women’s Ministry known as Women at Work, and worked diligently with the children and youth ministry. As the choir director, she brought a distinctive style to a cappella singing raising the bar and influencing the music of her church tradition throughout the region. She is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years, John W. Ravin, one daughter Rev. Dr. Angela Ravin-Anderson and her husband Herbert Anderson, and one granddaughter who was her heart’s beat, Peyton Marie Anderson. In addition she leaves her younger sister, Gladys T. Williams, her beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as a host of dear friends to lovingly cherish her memory. A Celebration in Music Memorial to Honor Odessa Ravin will be held Friday evening, Jan. 31st at 7pm at the Forest Hill Church of Christ located at 3916 Forest Hill Circle Forest Hill, Texas 76140. The Home Going Celebration will be Saturday morning February 1st at 11am. Viewing times at Forest Hill Church of Christ: Friday 5 – 6:30pm and final viewing Sat. 10- 11am. Funeral Director: Gregory Spencer Funeral Directors.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ernie Douglas, Active Pallbearer
  • Lawrence Jenkins, Active Pallbearer
  • Greg Johnson, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Johnson, Active Pallbearer
  • Emmitt McLin, Active Pallbearer
  • Marvin Ravin, Active Pallbearer
  • Jerome Woolen, Active Pallbearer
  • Osbourne Woolen, Active Pallbearer
  • Elder Bernard Hamilton, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Elder Henry Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Elder Clyde Watson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Deacon Aubrey Houston, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Deacon Robert Gloston, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Viewing Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Celebration In Music Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Viewing Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Celebration of Life & Legacy Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Burial Saturday, February 1, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service

Memories

ODESSA MARIE RAVIN

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Kevin Owens

February 3, 2020

One of J.P.Elder Middle Schools’ finest! You had such an impact on me as well as a lot of others from the Northside, rest well you’ve earned it!

gregory Johnson

February 3, 2020

One special thing about Odessa was her habit of calling her close friends "crazy." She never disclosed how these folks were crazy but I loved the way she embraced the quirks of her friends. She once mentioned my cousin Eddie, who called her frequently, by saying "I talked to your cousin. You know Eddie is crazy. That man is really crazy." She had a glowing smile that expressed her fondness for him. I witnessed these statements and the endearing tone that came with them. Right now, music to my ears would be, "Greg, Odessa was talking about you once, and guess what?" "Did she say I was crazy?!" "Yeah, she did, she..."
"Yes!!"

Gina Brown

February 2, 2020

I'm so sad that I'm just seeing this. I had the privilege and blessing to treat her this summer. She taught me so much even more than any other patient. Her numerous stories as an educator, administrator, AVID leader, pride in her daughters accomplishments and the restaurants her and her husband frequented will live in me!

Sonya Zacarias

February 1, 2020

North Side High School class 85, our mamma Steer has gone to heaven, Steer for Life \../
She was the best!! She caught me alone shopping at Seminary South mall, she called out my name, told me to be careful, see you at school on Monday..rest in peace mamma steer

Felicia Eldridge

February 1, 2020

I have fun memories of Mrs Ravin as a voice student. She loved singing with the other students and sharing her talent with the Golden Keys. There were lots of fun times between her and my mother. She will be greatly missed. May God bless you all.

Felicia Eldridge

MARY SCOTT

February 1, 2020

She was the best principals i have ever worked for ...she was the one who hired me at Morningside Middle...A very nice lady who treated all her faculty and staff the same...She made Morningside Middle a home environment that was always a pleasure to come to work...R.I.P. Mrs Raven

Elaine Edmonds

January 31, 2020

Odessa was the marvelous Morningside Principal when I came to FWISD. She was loving, authentic and reached out to others...even me a newcomer from Austin. She took time for us to have short but unhurried conversations with her sharing historical context, values, insights and praises for her students.

Odessa talked about why she choose to do what she did as a Principal and Leader. She had an unusual mix of knowledge, skills and ability to connect with people of all ages, cultures and circumstances. In fact, she seemed to gravitate toward people who were different from herself.

I remember a student assembly with Japanese visitors coming to the observe the students and Texas school. She loved her students and had high expectations for each and loved to show them to the world. They responded by acting just as she expected...out of love and respect for her. They knew she loved them. They listened to her. I believe many students learned to love and respect themselves from her.

I will miss that lovely smile that invited others to get close and learn from her. She was clear on her principles, values and mission on earth. She is a gift to this planet and a treasure to education. I feel that she has new assignments in heaven ...there is no sitting around for Odessa Ravin.

Love and respect,
Elaine Edmonds, PhD

May Pegues

January 31, 2020

I remember when I attended Metropolitan with my family (Gross). I joined the choir and Sister Ravin was serious about music which helped me to enjoy music and singing..She was a sweet woman usually smiling. She will be missed! Rest well until judgement..Our deepest condolences to the Ravin family ...The William's- Gross family.

Sonya Allen

January 31, 2020

I REMEMBER MRS. RAVIN I LOVED HER. AS MY PRINCIPLE AT MORNINGSIDE MIDDLE SHE REALLY CARED ABOUT HER STUDENTS. LOL SHE WOULD GET ON TO ME AND I COULD ONLY LAUGH. NEVER DISRESPECT HER I COULDN'T..LOL
SHE WAS FIRM BUT ALSO FULL OF LOVE. MRS.RAVIN YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED. AND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. GID BLESS YOU ALL🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Joe Surman

January 31, 2020

MAY THE LORD CONTINUE TO COMFORT ALL THE FAMILY & FRIENDS.......
I WAS ONE OF THOSE CHILDREN....
WOW.......
I DIDNT KNOW SHE WAS STILL ALIVE...
I WENT TO MORNINGSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN 1985-1987.......
I NEVER HAD TO GO IN HER OFFICE...
I WAS THE NEW KID FROM OKLAHOMA.......
I HAD NEVER SEEN A BLACK PRINCIPAL........SO I WAS LIKE,,,,
She seem nice....and when we had our programs.....MRS.RAVIN WAS THERE FIT FOR DUTY........THIS REALLY BLESSES ME TO KNOW SHE JUST GAINED HER WINGS.....SHE HAS BEEN ALIVE ALL THESE YEARS AND I USE TO WONDER IF SHE WAS STILL HERE IN THE EARTH.......
AND SHE WAS........... THE LORD IS MERCIFUL UNTO US ALL......

HER ASSIGNMENT IS OVER NOW....
TELL COACH MEEKS I SAID REMEMBER ME THE KID FROM OKLAHOMA.......
THEN IT HURTS TOO LIKE IT WAS MY GRANNY THAT MRS.RAVIN JUST DIED 2020......TO GOD BE THE GLORY....
I LOVED HER.........WOW........
WHAT AN HONOR TO SHARE MY MEMORY...........
I GUESS YOU CAN SAY SHE WAS ALWAYS ON FLEEK!!!! SHE WAS A LIVING MODEST WOMAN.....PROVERB 31 WOMAN...
NOW I SEE...........LIKE SHE WAS A BOSS IN THE MILITARY......A TRENDSETTER........LAGACY MAKER....
AND A BEAUTIFUL SMILE THAT WOULD LIGHT UP THE ROOM......
FIRM & FAIR TYPE.....
WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT......
SINCERELY WHOLE HEARTEDLY
.....JOE SURMAN.....

FROM THE FAMILY