Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home

5800 W 12TH ST, Little Rock, AR


Odette Louise Tirman

June 11, 1925January 11, 2020

Odette Louise Tirman (11 June 1925 - 11 January 2020)

Odette Louise Tirman (née Depeyré-Provost), who was born in Puteaux, France on June 11, 1925, passed away peacefully in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 11, 2020.

Odette’s early life was marked dramatically by events of World War II. Her family fled Paris when the Nazi army invaded France in 1940 but eventually returned to the occupied city. As a teenager during the war, Odette’s schooling was interrupted when she and many other French women with seamstress skills were forced to work for the occupying German army sewing uniforms & parachutes. Shortly after the end of the war, Odette met the love of her life Robert Tirman, an American Army doctor. Following a brief romance, Odette and Robert married where she settled into the life of a military spouse with stations in Texas, Germany, England, California, Italy, France, and Arkansas. Odette quickly learned English and embraced the American way of life yet never lost her love for France nor did she ever lose her pronounced French accent.

After all her children were grown and following her husband’s death in 1988, Odette became a sales associate at Dillard’s Department store in Little Rock where she worked for nearly 18 years until retiring at age 80 in 2005. Odette volunteered with passion for an array of charitable causes and was an engaged member of every community in which she lived.

Odette was a strong-willed woman with a wonderful sense of humor and who cared deeply about the well-being of her family and friends. She loved to travel, was skilled at French cuisine, and had notable artistic talent in the sewing arts.

Odette leaves behind a legacy of six loving children along with son & daughter in laws including Claude Tirman & daughter-in-law Arlette of Manhattan Beach, California, Michele Tirman-Olsen & son-in-law Barry of Melbourne, Australia, Christine Tirman of Little Rock, Arkansas, David Tirman & daughter-in-law Lorna of Truckee, California, Phillip Tirman & daughter-in-law Vanessa of Malibu, California, and Jeffrey Tirman & daughter-in-law Stacy of St. Légier, Switzerland. Odette also had eleven grandchildren including Philippe, Jason, Tara, Kaleb, Collin, Skye, Laura, Kristina, Miles, Ellis, and Mirabel as well as eight great grandchildren. Odette is also survived by her sister Simone Provost of Paris, France.

Odette will be laid to rest at the Little Rock National Cemetery 11:00 a.m.Monday, January 27th alongside her spouse. May she rest in peace/Qu’elle repose en paix. Online guestbook: www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com


27 January

Committal Service

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Little Rock National Cemetery

Roosevelt Rd & Springer Blvd.
Little Rock, AR 72206


Odette Louise Tirman

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Carla Mason

January 19, 2020

I don’t normally send condolences to a family that I don’t know! However, I’m amazed by what I’ve read today in the newspaper regarding the life of your lovely Mrs Odette. What a wonderful interesting full life she must’ve lived. I’m sure you’ve all been shaped into gracious folks with her influence. She probably had many many stories she has shared with y’all. I’ll have her in my heart, at least for a time! I even wonder if I’d ever seen her , whenever she was at Dillards.
Please accept my deepest sympathy, Carla Mason.
My grandmother lived to be 101, she raised me, she lived an amazing life too.

Nancy McDonald

January 19, 2020

Thank you for sharing your journey. While I did not know your Mother, I loved her. Peace....

Nita Westbrook

January 19, 2020

Thank you Chris for sharing this life journey with those who love you and those who have never met you. Your journey with your mother have helped so many in so many ways.
Prayers for you and your family. I love you my friend !

Donna Kennedy-Johnston

January 19, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I felt like I knew Odette by reading the blog but I also went to school with David and remember many conversations about France since I had lived there as a child. Odette was a special lady who touched many people and I was one of them.

Donna Kennedy Johnston

Chelle Moore

January 19, 2020

Thank you, Christine, for introducing us to your mom and letting us following along the past few years. Your smiles and now your tears are felt by all of us....so much love to you and your family.

JoeAnn Cohen

January 19, 2020

Blessings to the family. Thank you for allowing her in our lives, through your blogs.....

Cindy Steele

January 19, 2020

Upon meeting Odette in the sweet shop of Dillards, she had a large personality and always a big smile, I became enthralled with her. I opened the Chanel counter that year & she came to tell me about everything French. We celebrated Bastille Day every year & she lent us her little French soldiers & other items French to display. Odette introduced me to my 1st fondue@ her home & Belgian lace. I’ve recently returned from Switzerland & have purchased my 1st fondue pot. She was so many things to so many people. She fondly discussed all her children, dancing with her husband during the war & the caboose. Loved that lady!!! She will be missed by many.!❤️

Lori Dooley Brandon

January 17, 2020

Christine, thank you for sharing your mom with all of us! She had a long & adventure filled life. My prayers are with you, David and all of your family as you all mourn and celebrate her life! Love Lori

Beckie Brooks

January 16, 2020

She was a delightful neighbor. She made a fruit dish that she loved to share. Lost touch years ago but have never forgotten her!

Karilyn Boggan Brown

January 16, 2020

Always delighted when Christine shared you with us at Boggan Christmas dinner gatherings. God bless you, Mrs. Tirman. You will be fondly remembered.