Lessie Jewel Odland

July 5, 1933November 17, 2020

Lessie Odland was born July 5, 1933 in Erin, Tennessee to father, William Gann and mother Beatrice Gann. She had two brothers, Leon and Lloyd and two sisters, Helen and Judy. She grew up and went to school in Granite City, Illinois. She met her husband Elroy in Granite City while he was in the Army. They married April 14, 1952 and have been happily married all those years living in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and finally in Arizona since 1994.

They have three children; Scott Odland and Becky of Ivanhoe, Minnesota; Linda Jaquith and Steven of Sun City, Arizona; and Kristy Odland and Wally Mikhail of St. Paul, Minnesota. Lessie also has six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Lessie was a warm and welcoming hostess to every person that walked through her door.

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Sandy Bruns

November 22, 2020

I feel so blessed to have had you be a part of my life. You always had a smile, that lightened up a room. You are beautiful inside and out. I'm so glad I was able to be one of your caregivers. We had good conversations. I will miss talking to you, but I know you are with the Lord, free of pain. Rest in peace, until we meet again

Martha Brower

November 22, 2020

I only knew Lessie for a short time but she always made me laugh. Her favorite quote was "that's my story and I'm sticking to it". You'll be greatly missed, Lessie.

Robert Lobdell

November 22, 2020

I was blessed to purchase my Casita 4/94 next door to Lessie and Elroy. My life changed because of their love and welcoming me to their family. I will forevermore count my blessings that Lessie would keep in line and always have “Death by Chocolate “ pie for me every time I came to AZ. May you Rest In Peace. You will be very much missed. Love, Bob Lobdell

Sheryl Burian

November 21, 2020

Aunt Lessie, We will miss you!
To all the family you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and peace.
Sheryl and Rusty Burian

Michal and Jim Frye

November 21, 2020

Lessie and Elroy came into our lives the first year we came to Arizona for the winter. Their marriage exemplified the lyric that says "where the two shall be as one." We were fortunate to be their close friends for so many years.

Lessie was an inspiration to us. Her kind heart, keen memory and love of others were her hallmarks. She suffered from physical pain for years but focused on others so graciously. We will miss her greatly and keep her in our hearts forever.

Wally Mikhail

November 20, 2020

She welcomed me lovingly and made sure Kristy took care of me

Jared & Melissa Jaquith

November 20, 2020

Grandma Lessie was the sweetest woman ever! She was the hostess with the mostest that all women and (Jared)should look up too and strive to be! She will most definitely be missed, her sweet voice, her kind heart.
Love you,
Rest easy
Jared and Melissa Jaquith Family


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