Jan 132012

Jeri Lynn O’Dell, 50, loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, passed away at her home in Holbrook on Jan. 8, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 11 o’clock this morning (Jan. 13) at the Elks Lodge in Holbrook.

Jeri was born April 29, 1961, in Amarillo, Texas, to Jerry Edward Harris and Betty Lou Toller Harris. She moved to Tucson, then later came to Holbrook with the Bechtel Corporation. She graduated from high school in 1978.

She met Murray O’Dell, the love of her life, in 1980. They were married in 1983. Their daughter Roxanne was born in 1985 and their son Dezmond in 1989.

Jeri had a career as a beautician and cosmetologist, working for Quick Cuts for several years and later opened her own business out of her home. She had many, many clients/friends; she loved her chosen career.

Her pride and joy were her grandchildren.

Jeri loved to work in her yard, she loved to travel and she was considered the “center” of her family.

She was loved by all who knew her.

Survivors include her loving husband, Murray of Holbrook; her two children, Roxanne Padilla and Dezmond O’Dell, both of Holbrook; two grandchildren, Noah and Isaih Padilla; a sister, Elizabeth (Gary) Cox of Phoenix; a brother, John Harris of Phoenix; and her father, Jerry Harris of Phoenix.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Lou Harris.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeri’s name at Wells Fargo in Holbrook.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.