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Obituary: Carol Odessa Smith
Carol Odessa Smith
Carol Odessa Smith

Carol Odessa Smith, born July 21, 1947, in Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in her Kingman home at the young age of 66. Carol moved from California to Kingman in 2003 after she retired from LA County Social Services as chief deputy director where she dedicated 28 years.

After her retirement and move, Carol dedicated her time - first to the Moose Lodge, where she held different officer positions, such as senior regent. Carol was also the first lady Elk in Kingman, where she last held the office of secretary. She was also a Red Hat Lady (Ruby Reds of Kingman). Besides her children being the most important in her life, the biggest part of her life was volunteering throughout the Kingman community, such as supporting cancer research (Relay for Life) and volunteering her time at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

Carol is survived by her doggies (shih tzus) Coco and Carmel; her sons, John "Jack" (Peggy) and Daniel; daughter, Danean (Don); surviving grandchildren, Tanya, Alex, Corey and Patricia; and Amari, her great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her sister, Jeannie; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and many close friends.

The ladies of the Moose, Elks and Red Hat Society will have a ceremony of honor dedicated to Carol followed by a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Kingman Elks Lodge, 900 Gates Ave.

Donations to cancer charities of your choice will be greatly appreciated.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Article comment by: judy vancleve

My heart goes out to carols family. I have known carol since 2 nd grade. We moved from Michigan to Arizona together, then to California together. I was fortunate enough to see her in 2007 when she came to Portland. If her children read this please please call me. Judy at 503-957-9550.she was a beautiful person inside n out9U

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Article comment by: Cindy Toepfer

I didn't know Carol's family but volunteered with her doing taxes at the Kathryn Heidenrich Center. Her and I had many conversations and I visited her house a few times when walking my dog. I knew she had a good soul. I am so sorry for your loss and will greatly miss Carol. I was in Wisconsin when she passed and just heard about it less than a week ago. I'm so sorry I didn't get to attend the Celebration of Life. My best wishes to the family.

Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Article comment by: John & Peggy Smith

The family of Carol O. Smith would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Women of the Moose, The Elks Lodge, the Red Hat Society, Rev. Pam Wager, and the countless number of family, friends, and businesses from Kingman and around the country that extended their condolences at our time of loss. Carol was a warm and loving woman who came into all of our lives for a reason. We celebrate her life, we mourn her death, and we are at peace knowing she is now with God.
John & Peggy Smith
& family

Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Article comment by: Shannon Huff

Danean and patti my thoughts and prayers ate with u

Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Article comment by: Kathryn and Louis Howe

Thank you Lord for bringing Carol and her family into my life! Carol was my closest confidant and a courageous friend to many. She led the way to bring joy especially into the lives of women and children everywhere. Kingman has lost a special person who gave generously of her time, talents, and resources in numerous ways but now heaven has increased its brightness by this Believer. Louis and I are praying prayers of peace from the God of all comfort for the close-knit family. Big hugs to each of you.

Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Article comment by: Carolyn Spear

Danean, I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending sincere sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time.

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