Lois Odens, age 91 of Little Rock, IA died Friday November 2, 2012 at Country View Manor Nursing Home in Sibley, IA.
Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, November 6th at First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, with Reverend Scott Burdsall officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock.
Visitation will be Monday, November 5th from 2-8 PM with the family present from 6-8 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Little Rock.
Lois Iris Odens was born on April 21, 1921, the daughter of Louis and Velva (Folkers) Larson. She grew up in Ashton, IA and graduated from Ashton High School in 1938. On February 24, 1941, Lois was united in marriage to Ben Odens in the parsonage of the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, IA. Following their marriage Lois and Ben farmed in the Little Rock area living on farms in Iowa and Minnesota. To this union four children were born, Connie, Bonnie, Rodney and Kathy. Lois was a life member of the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. She enjoyed keeping everything clean, cooking, baking (cookies with real butter), embroidery and talking on the phone.
Lois is survived by her three daughters, Connie (Wendell) Harms, Bonnie (Ronald) Venenga of Little Rock, IA and Kathy (Mark) Perkins of Ellsworth, MN; daughter-in-law, Joleen Odens of Little Rock, IA; grandchildren, Rochelle (Curt) Van Tilburg, LaRae (Robert) Elliott, Terry (Lisa) Harms, Natalie Harms, Chad (Alissa) Harms, Gregory Venenga, Ronda (Ryan) Pottebaum, Carmen Venenga, Derek (Tara) Venenga, Jennifer (Aaron) Greve, Ryan Odens and Nicholas (Vanessa) Odens; great-grandchildren, Trevor Van Tilburg, Kaitlyn Van Tilburg (fiancé, Kelly Top), and Allie Van Tilburg, Robert and Karissa Harms, Oliver and Adeline Harms, Kaden and Jorgen Pottebaum, Lauren and Reese Venenga, Emily, Tyler and Carter Greve, and Taryn and Gracie Odens; step great-grandchildren, Bodie Osborn and Bretton Urban; brother, Don (Verla) Larson of Sibley, IA; sisters-in-law, Lucille Wessels of Sibley, IA and Irene Odens of Ellsworth, MN; brother-in-law, Larry (Rena) Odens of Gretna, NE; many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben Odens; son, Rodney Odens; sister, Nina Trei and brother, Elgin Larson.