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Graveside services for Helen Odem, age 86 of Pryor OK, formerly of Clarinda and Atlantic, who died Friday, March 13, 2009 at Integrais Mayes County Medical Center, Pryor Oklahoma were held Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, IA with Pastor Karen L. Moore officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at the Ritchie Funeral Home. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Helen's name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Helen Mae Odem was born September 20, 1922 in Clarinda, IA to Rowe and Lula (Marcell) Shore. She grew up in New Market, Iowa. She graduated from New Market High School in 1941. After high school she became a cosmetologist and taught at a cosmetology school for a short time.

During World War II she worked at a bombing plant in Amarillo, TX. In 1959, she went to work as a psychiatric technician at Clarinda Mental Health Institute and worked there for many years.

Helen enjoyed fishing, watching nature, taking car rides and spending time with family.

She was married to Ralph Crawford in 1941. From this union they had two children James Marion Crawford and Janet Leah Crawford-Clark. She married Gail Odem of Atlantic, IA in 1982. They spent many wonderful years at their lakeside home in Branson, MO before moving back to Atlantic, Iowa because of health problems. Her beloved husband Gail preceded her in death in 2002. In 2002, she moved to Pryor, OK to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Gary.

Helen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jim and Elaine Crawford of Wildwood, MO; daughter and son-in-law Gary and Janet Clark of Pryor, OK; her first husband Ralph Crawford of Clarinda, IA; grandsons Ralph Crawford, Alex Crawford and Scott Clark; granddaughter Paula Clark; three great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters.

She is preceded in death by husband, Gail Odem, her parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and numerous other family members.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.
Although Helen will be greatly missed,
her love and inspiration will live on through her family.

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