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Joyce Marlene (Henderson) Odell

December 18, 1938May 9, 2020

Joyce Henderson Odell passed away at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Saturday, May 9, 2020, after a courageous battle with heart disease and diabetics. A daughter of the late Charles Clifford Henderson and Pauline Henderson Cook, Joyce was born in High Point, NC. She grew up in Norfolk, VA, but lived most of her life in Hickory, NC. In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Sue Henderson Boles of Thomasville, NC. Joyce received a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from Appalachian State University and an Associate degree from Catawba Valley Community College. Most of her working years were spent in education, first at Appalachian State University and then at Catawba Valley Community College. She held leadership positions in several state and national professional organizations and served as a reader and evaluator of educational grants for the US Department of Education. Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, George William “Pete” Odell III, a sister Judith Stone of Chesapeake, VA and a brother-in-law Jerry Odell of High Point, NC. She was a beloved aunt to Charles Philip Boles, Joyce Ann Barger, Sue Jarvis and Lennie Russell. She is survived by an extended family, adored her family and friends and was devoted to each one. Mrs. Odell was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church ELCA. Her cremains will be entombed in a columbarium at St. Stephens Lutheran Church Memorial Gardens. Due to the virus pandemic a celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at a later date.


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Pauline Pope

May 14, 2020

Good never ask for a better neighbor than Joyce Odell. Sure missed her when they moved. Always a lady, no matte what. Sending love to the Odell family. Pauline Pope

Joyce Boles Barger

May 12, 2020

To the most loving and caring Aunt a girl could grow up with. Thank you for always being there. I am proud to call myself your namesake. I will always miss you and love you with all my heart.


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