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Mount Olivet Funeral Home & Cemetery

1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN

OBITUARY

Martha Claire WARD O'DELL

December 4, 1933January 12, 2020
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Martha Claire Ward O’Dell age 86, departed this life on January 12, 2020. She was born on December 4, 1933 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Jack Lewis and Jessie Williams Ward. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Jack Lewis Ward, Jr., William Bryan Ward and Henry Ray Ward. Martha is survived by her husband of 67 years, Thomas W. O’Dell; children, Deborah O’Dell Fisher and her husband, Curtis C. Fisher, Thomas E. (Ed) O’Dell and his wife, Margaret Joyce (Joy) Heath O’Dell and Virginia Ellen O’Dell Bloomfield and her husband, Richard Lee Bloomfield; grandchildren, John Clark O’Dell and Elizabeth Helen O’Dell; siblings, Patricia (Patsy) Ward Burnette, Thomas Michael Ward and James Richard "Ricky" Ward. Martha was proud a 1953 graduate of Litton High School. She attended services regularly at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Martha was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 from Lindsley Hall at Mount Olivet Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior.

Services

  • Visiation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 17, 2020

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Martha Claire WARD O'DELL

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Charles Hayes

January 16, 2020

On Sunday night the Continental Condominiums lost one of the finest people I've ever known. Ms. Martha was our building's unofficial Grand Ambassador, who always made it a point to welcome every new resident and employee. She always asked after those who were ill or having difficulties. Ms. Martha was always cheerful and pleasant and kind. In fact, in my nine years at the front desk, I never heard her say a harsh word about anyone, not once. She simply wasn't that kind of person. And now that she is gone, she will be missed by everyone who ever had the good fortune to know her...

Charles Hayes

January 16, 2020

On Sunday night the Continental Condominiums lost one of the finest people I've ever met. Ms. Martha was our building's unofficial ambassador, who always it a point to welcome every new resident and employee. She asked after those who were ill or having difficulties. Ms. Martha was always cheerful and pleasant and kind. In fact, in my nine years at the front desk, I never heard her say a harsh word about anyone, not once. She simply wasn't that kind of person. And now she is gone. And she will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know her...

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