Coreene O’Dell

May 13, 2012 • Obituaries


Coreene O’Dell, 89, of Roswell, passed away on May 12, 2012.

She was born in Bryce, Ariz., on Oct. 26, 1922, to James Phillip Walker [auth] and Martha Evelyn Tortenberry. Coreene O’Dell was married to Eugene Garvin O’Dell, May 11, 1940, in Lordsburg. Gene preceded her in death. She was predeceased also by a son James Garvin O’Dell (Jim); her parents; her sisters, Verneal Costa, Margaret McCormick and EmmaJean Van Malveghem; and her great-great-grandson, Ryan Gluff.

Coreene O’Dell spent her life as a stay-at-home mom with her two children, Jim and Paulette. She was an extraordinary wife and mother. She was a very active member of her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she held and served in many callings. She and her husband Gene O’Dell served a church mission in Nebraska, where they spent their time aiding families and spreading the gospel.

She is survived by her daughter Paulette Wheat and husband Gordon F. Wheat; her brother Phillip Walker and wife Priscilla “Pat” Walker; grandchildren, Christopher O’Dell and wife Wendy O’Dell, Terra Betancourt and husband Frank Betancourt, Brent Wheat and wife Shawna Wheat, Eric Wheat and wife Lara Wheat, Sherry States and husband Wayne States, and Angie Flores; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous family and friends.

A viewing will be held at 9 a.m., and the funeral services will follow at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Friends may pay their respects online at

Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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