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10/30/2013 6:00:00 AM
Obituary: Mary Odle
Mary Odle
Mary Odle

On Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the age of 101, Mary Louise Odle passed away in Golden Valley at the Bal-Tip Assisted Living Home, where she received excellent loving care. She was cared for by her daughter, Daisy, in Kingman for many years prior to needing skilled care.

She is survived by her four children; Daisy L. Gardner, 74, of Kingman, Charles T. Gardner, 73, of Great Falls, Mont., Robert L. Gardner, 72, of Flagstaff and Bernice A. Gardner,69, of Rogue River, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

She left Texas to attend college, met and married a cowboy and cattle rancher, Kenneth C. Gardner from Hackberry, who was the children's father and preceded her in death.

Mary's second husband, Robert Odle, a rancher in the Kingman area, also preceded her in death. Her stepdaughter Judy Weaver, of Flagstaff, Robert's daughter also survives her.

Mary went back to college in the 1940s while raising four children as a single parent, graduated with a teaching degree and taught school until her retirement. Mary got her master's degree in Ashland, Ore. She enjoyed playing bridge with her Oregon friends. She was an accomplished musician, loved dancing, was an avid sports fan, and she and her husband Robert enjoyed going to horse races during their retirement years in Phoenix. While ranching, Mary pitched right in and learned to ride horses, garden, cook for ranch hands, etc. Always gregarious, Mary made friends easily and was loved by all who knew her.

She will be buried next to her husband, Robert, in Phoenix, on Friday, Nov. 1. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m., with burial at 11 a.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Article comment by: Breanna McGuire

I loved this woman from the very first day I met her. She was an amazing story teller and had such a great personality. Evan at 98 she had to have her glass of chivas on the rocks during christmas and thanksgiving, cracked me up she could handle it better than I could. I love you Mary! Never forget your stories <3

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Tedi Grigg-Kirby

I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She was a wonderful lady and I loved visiting with her at Kingman Super Salon. When she lived in Hackberry she was friends with my grandma. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all that knew her. Love and prayers to her family.

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

To all the family, my deepest heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Daisy, you were such a loving caring daughter to Mary may God Bless you greatly for your devotion to this wonderful wonderful Mother and friend!
My Mom and her hit it off so well and I will forever treasure knowing Mary and the times we spent together Daisy with the two great ladies in lives. We were so blessed to have had them as our Moms! God Bless all the family during this time.

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