Caroline Kathryn Odette
December 6, 1961 – July 25, 2020
Dr. Caroline Kathryn Odette passed away peacefully in her Houston home on Saturday, the 25th of July 2020, following a brief, but valiant, battle with cancer. She was 58 years of age.
Caroline was born in Guelph, Ontario, on the 6th of December 1961, and her family moved to Ionia, Michigan, when she was a child. After attending Ferris State University and the Illinois College of Optometry, Caroline embarked on a long and successful career. She was a highly respected medical optometrist, specializing in the treatment and management of ocular diseases. She was a member of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the Texas Optometric Association, and the Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity, among others. In 1989, though Chicago would always be in their hearts, Caroline moved with Anastas to Houston, where they lived to this day.
It is an understatement to say that Caroline was an animal lover. From childhood on she was surrounded by a menagerie that at various times included dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Her most recent furry companion was Leo, a Yorkie-Chihuahua mix who followed her wherever she went and occupied her lap at every opportunity.
Caroline was an avid gardener who delighted in all things that grew from the ground, but especially loved roses and her Meyer lemon tree. She was an outstanding home chef and baker whose exceptional sticky pecan rolls will never be equaled. Caroline was known for her impeccable taste, and her sense of style encompassed both her wardrobe and her home. She loved to travel across the world, from the wilds of Scotland and the ruins of Greece, to the northern shores of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. And though she enjoyed traveling to her old haunts in Canada to visit her family, after many years as a resident alien, she became an American citizen in November 2014 (though she always observed Canada Day).
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Anastas F. Pass; her daughter, Erin Bosco and her husband Michael; grandchildren, Henry Bosco and Zoe Bosco; her brothers, Dr. Bill Odette, and John Odette and his wife Renee, and their sons, Ian, Cullen, and Johnathon; her niece, Olivia Odette and her nephew, Owen Odette; beloved aunt, Patricia Brush, and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, William George Odette and Mary Kathryn "Kay" Odette; her brother, Thomas Odette; her brother, David Odette; and sister-in-law, Mary Odette.
The family would like to extend a note of thanks to M.D. Anderson for their exceptional care of Caroline. She was effusive in her appreciation of the quality of the staff and facilities.
There will be no service held at this time, due to pandemic concerns.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Caroline’s name be directed to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, https://gifts.mdanderson.org/.
Caroline will be greatly missed by her friends and family, most especially by her husband, who made her laugh their whole life together.
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Caroline Kathryn Odette
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August 4, 2020
Dr. Odette was my Doctor for a number of years , but I also considered her my friend. When I was a child I was very afraid of my eye doctor and dreaded going to the eye doctor. It was quite the opposite with Dr. Odette, I looked forward to seeing her every year. Even after she retired, I continued to ask about her every year to see how she is doing. She will be missed.
August 3, 2020
Eugenia and I are so sad to hear of your loss.
We have many great memories of you and Caroline over the years. One that always comes to mind is our dinner party with the challenge to bring a bottle of wine with a story. Your rose’ was called Pink Floyd and your story had us in stitches. As Caroline was leaving our home, she told Eugenia it was the best party she had ever attended. We cherished our friendship and fellowship with you and Caroline. Thank you for the Meyer lemons, the opportunity to gather at your home, and the camaraderie in Santa Fe and at the University of Houston Ocular Diagnostic Clinic.
Eugenia and I have been praying for you and your family during this difficult time. We are mindful of the need for social distancing and we regret that we are not able to gather to celebrate Caroline’s life. If there is anything that we can do to assist, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.204.5108.
Ronald Latta Jr
August 2, 2020
Dr. Odette was my optometrist for at least 10 years and I missed her when she stopped practicing. In addition to a great physician, she was a great person. Our prayers for the family.
July 30, 2020
The summer between first and second year of optometry school, I worked in her office. I remember her as smart, kind, and no-nonsense, and it was best that I not to try to be chatty prior to her finishing her morning coffee =)
I liked the way she worked with patients, and am grateful for the way she treated me with kindness. She was a fine example of a strong female OD, and she will be missed.
Wishing the family the peace that surpasses all understanding...
July 30, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family. Prayers and thoughts with Dr.Pass.
July 30, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Nass, my heartfelt sympathies. She will be treasured as a wonderful and caring person.