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Verda G. Odom

Verda G. Odom, age 85, of Philip, died Monday, August 28, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Wednesday, August 30, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Minister Allen Tolliver officiating.

Music was provided by the Haakon County Crooners, singing "Amazing Grace" and "Old Rugged Cross".

Ushers were Kieth Smith and Dugan Stewart. Pallbearers were Bruce Boyd, Brooks Slama, Matthew Cross, Mel Smith, Tommy Odom and Jack Hansen.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of the arrangements.

Verda G. Gaines was born May 18, 1921, on her parents' homestead in Coleman County, near Coleman, TX, the daughter of John W. and Monnie (Harris) Gaines. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Burkett High School in Burkett, TX.

Verda was united in marriage to Harold Price Odom on January 6, 1940, at Coleman, TX. They made their home on a farm near Coleman for two years before moving to Bisbee, AZ, where they resided until moving to South Dakota in 1949. They lived on a farm-ranch four miles north of Cottonwood, which they operated until retiring and moving into Philip in 1989.

Her husband, Harold, preceded her in death on December 5, 1992.

Verda was a member of the Church of Christ in Rapid City, the Bad River Senior Citizens, the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, as well as a volunteer at the nursing home.

Grateful for having shared her life include her daughter, Sandra O'Connor and her husband, Bill, of Philip; four grandchildren, Mitzi Boyd and her husband, Bruce, of Philip, Marty Burns and his wife, Tricia, of Philip, Sheri Slama and her husband, Brooks, of Sioux Falls, and Sharlene Cross and her husband, Matthew, of Sioux Falls; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Harold, Verda was preceded in death by her son, Robert Odom; a grandson, Michael O'Connor; her parents; and two brothers, Gene T. Garrett and J.W. Gaines.

A memorial has been established.