Odessa Lorena Elwood, 96, of Batesland, SD, died June 19, 2020, at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs, NE.
Odessa was born March 17, 1924 in Milltown, SD, to Helge and Sarah Kruse. As a young girl she moved with her family to a farm west of Batesland. She attended rural schools in Shannon County, graduating from Batesland High School.
In 1941 Odessa met the love of her life, Wesley Elwood. They were married at Rushville, NE, on September 21, 1942. Four children were born to this union, Virginia, Daniel, Kathleen and Barbara. Their marriage was an inspiration to all who knew them.
Odessa was active in the community; 4-H Leader, County Extension, Busy Bees, Farmers Union and numerous card clubs. She especially enjoyed the Capitol Ladies Organization during the 8 years Wesley was a legislator in Pierre.
The flowers and the yard around her home were a great source of satisfaction and joy. She made afghans for her grandkid’s graduations and friends. She shared her love for music with family and friends, playing the organ, harmonica, accordion and singing and yodeling. When Odessa was in her 70s, she started painting and even sold a few of them.
She greeted everyone with open arms, a friendly smile, and everyone found the door open to them with a place at the table. The coffee pot was always on.
She always made her grandkids feel so special and loved. They have fond memories of Easter basket hunts, Schwan’s ice cream and the candy drawer.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Virginia & Art Terkildsen of San Jose, CA, son and daughter-in-law Dan & Carolyn Elwood of Ft. Pierre, SD,daughter and son-in-law Kathy & Bob Zickrick of Long Valley, SD, and daughter Barb Elwood of Martin, SD, 12 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Odessa was preceded in death by her husband Wesley.
Graveside Services will be held Friday June 26, 2020 at the Gordon Cemetery, 11:00 AM. A memorial has been established and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.