Reyda M. O'Dell

July 2, 1929November 15, 2020

Reyda Montyne (Lamb) O’Dell was born on July 2, 1929, to D. U. Lamb and Lalah (Green) Lamb in Leola (Grant County), Arkansas. She graduated from Leola High School, where she played on the girls’ basketball team. (Go Leopards!) She went on to graduate from Draughon’s Business School. She later earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1971, and then a Master’s Degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Mrs. O’Dell worked as a cost accountant, a substitute teacher, and, eventually, a full-time schoolteacher at Mabelvale Junior High School and later at Cloverdale Junior High School. Reyda O’Dell was a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church of Little Rock. Her favorite hymn was “Fill my Cup, Lord”. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bob G. Lamb, and her husband, Jerry O’Dell. Survivors are her daughter, Robin Ann O’Dell of Little Rock, Arkansas; her son, David O’Dell and his wife, Lulu`; and two grandsons, Josh and Daniel O’Dell, all of San Angelo, Texas; her brother, Bill D. Lamb of Little Rock, Arkansas; her sister, Shirley Frazier of Magnet Cove, Arkansas; and her sister-in-law, Tina F. Lamb of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mrs. Reyda Montyne O’Dell passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020. She will be laid to rest at Pinecrest Memorial Park next to her husband, Jerry O’Dell.


  • Burial

    Friday, November 20, 2020


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Jay Samons

November 28, 2020

One of the best and toughest teachers I ever had, and a woman who loved learning and wanted young people to realize their potential and thus expected a lot of them. In my case she was far more tolerant than I deserved. I'm very thankful to have known her and been one of her students. God bless Mrs. O'Dell.

Frances Love

November 25, 2020

Odell family,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of mrs Odell she was one of my favorite teachers because she was so caring. I Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lin Rapier

November 25, 2020

One of my favorite teachers at clover dale
Prayers for the family. RIP

Quanda Moss

November 24, 2020

Mrs. O’Dell was my Spanish teacher at Cloverdale from 7th thru 9th!! I enjoyed her class!! Sorry to hear about her passing! Prayers for her family. RIP!! Quanda Moss

Michael Kindervater

November 24, 2020

Mrs. O'dell was such a wonderful lady. I took her Spanish class at Cloverdale Junior High during the early '80s and I was always amazed at how selfless she was giving so many of her Saturdays to prepare us for competition. Truly an inspiring lady. Thank you Mrs. O'dell for all you did for us.

Michael Kindervater

Janet Gann-Brown

November 22, 2020

Robin Ann, so sorry to hear about your mom. Her picture is exactly like I remember her. I loved her smile. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I am here if you would like to talk. God Bless
Janet Gann

Janis and Gary Kovalscik

November 22, 2020

Robin and David, Gary and I send our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your mother. We know that she and your dad are now having a great reunion with Gordon and Lyndle. Blessings to you and your family.

Mable Donaldson

November 22, 2020

Charles and I remember Reyda and Jerry from our teaching days together at Mabelvale Junior High and Cloverdale Junior High. Mrs. O’Dell will always be remembered as one of the sweetest persons that one could meet. She always had a beautiful smile and a good word for you each day. She was a very dedicated teacher who was focused on her students and their success.

May you find peace in knowing that she ran a good race and is now at rest and receiving her most deserved reward.

Karen Garrett

November 20, 2020

Praying for you all in the home going of Mrs. O’Dell and Mr. O’Dell. They made life changing impacts on so many students in their teaching careers at Cloverdale Junior High!! I am thankful I was able to visit with them in summer of 2019.


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