Family Group Sheet data from: Pat O'Dell:
Wilbur O'Dell
birthdate and birthplace
24 Jul 1888 Taylor Co, Iowa
death date, place
08 Apr 1964 Creston Hospital, Union Co, Iowa
Washington Cem, Gravity, Taylor Co, Iowa
1st marriage
27 Aug 1919 to Maude Barnett
Warren O'Dell
Dora Bell "Bee" Lindsay
Lavina "Maude" Barnett
birthdate and place
16 Aug 1897 Nodaway Co, Mo
deathdate and place
13 Dec 1975 Corning, Ia hosp
Washington Cem, Gravity, Taylor Co, Ia
John Barnett
Mildred Crawford
#1 Vance O'Dell born 07 Feb 1921
married 01 Aug 1953 Flora Mae Richey
died 11 Mar 1990 Omaha, Ne hosp
buried Washington Cem, Gravity, Taylor Co, Ia
#2 Lewis O'Dell born 04 Feb 1924
married Doris
died 14 Feb 1999 Safford, Graham Co, Az
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1930 Census Taylor Co, Holt Twp, Iowa
Wilbur O'Dell, 41 m@30 Iowa Ind Ill
Maud O'Dell, 32 m@22 Mo Oh Mo
Vance O'Dell, 9 Iowa Ia Mo
Lewis O'Dell, 6 Iowa Ia Mo

Wilbur O'Dell - Funeral services for Wilbur O'Dell, held April 12 at Oak Hill Church, were conducted by Ross Keyt, minister. Mr O'Dell died April 8 [1964] at Greater Community Hospital in Creston at the age of 75 years, eight months and 15 days. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Ia.

Included in the services was the following obituary.

Wilbur L. O'Dell, the eldest son of Warren and Bee Lindsay O'Dell, was born July 24, 1888 in Taylor county, Iowa. He was educated in the Taylor county schools and attended Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa.

He was united in marriage Aug 27, 1919 to Maude Barnett. To this union two sons were born: Vance of Gravity and Lewis of Fort Grant, Arizona.

Other survivors are two daughters-in-law, Flora and Doris; five grandsons and one granddaughter; one brother, Lawrence of Hot Springs, Ark; a stepmother, Edith O'Dell of Des Moines.

He was prceded in death by his father, mother, and one brother, Lloyd, who died in France during World War I.

He spent his entire life in Taylor county, living on the same farm the last 35 years .

He served as a trustee of Oak Hill Church many years and was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Those attending from a distance were Lewis and James O'Dell, Fort Grant, Ariz.; Mr and Mrs Lawrence O'Dell, Hot Springs, Ark.; Mr and Mrs Delbert Richey, Mr and Mrs Russell Jerome, and Mr and Mrs Harold Richey, Des Moines.

Bedford Times Press, Apr 1964


O'Dell, Maude - Oak Hill - Services for Mrs Wilbur (Maude) O'Dell, 78, are to be held Tuesday at 2 pm at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. She died Saturday night at the Corning [Iowa] hospital after an illness during recent months.

She was formerly Maude Barnett, the family having lived in the area most of their years, five miles northwest of Gravity. Mr O'Dell died in 1964, two surviving sons being Vance in the Oak Hill vicinity and Lewis in Arizona. She has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and a sister in California.

She was active in community affairs, a member of the Oak Hill Church until discontinued and then at Gravity Christian Church. She was member of the Ladies Aid, Study Club and Bridge Club.

Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 15, 1975


O'Dell, Maude Barnett - Funeral services for Mrs Wilbur L. (Lavina Maude) O'Dell, 78, of Gravity, were held December 16 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Reverend Ross Keyt officiating. Mrs O'Dell died December 13, 1975 at Rosary Hospital in Corning, Iowa. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Lavina Maude O'Dell, daughter of John Barnett and Mildred Crawford was born at Nodaway County, Missouri on Auguat 16, 1897.

She moved to Page County early in life and grew to maturity near College Springs where she attended school and graduated in 1917. She taught school three years in Taylor County.

She was baptized into the Christian Church at Blanchard when 13 years old. She later moved her membership to Oak Hill Church.

On August 27, 1919 she was united in marriage to Wilbur L. O'Dell and they lived in Taylor County where they were engaged in farming. To this union two children were born, Vance and Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, Jeff Barnett.

Left to cherish her memory are her son: Vance O'Dell of Gravity, Iowa, and his wife, Flora; Lewis O'Dell of Morenci, Arizona and his wife, Phyllis; 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchilren and one sister, Ethel Nation living in California.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, Royal Neighbors and Oak Hill Church.

She was a kind and considerate mother and neighbor and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.