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Oden, Betty Jo
76, of Sun Lakes, Arizona passed away on January 27, 2013. Betty Jo Rucker was born on the 26th of August, 1936 in Columbus, Ohio to Mason and Virginia Rucker. She attended East High School in Columbus, and graduated in the top 10% of her class. She attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education in 1957. She was initiated into AKA Sorority during her sophomore year. Betty's first marriage was to Saxon McRae in 1958. From this union, Cathy (1962) and Scott (1966) were born. Betty and Saxon were divorced in 1980. Betty's second marriage was to Foster Lee Oden in 1985, in Dayton, Ohio. She was a teacher in the Centerville City School District (outside of Dayton, Ohio) for 15 years. Betty continued her passion for education and moved into teaching adults being employed by the Control Data Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. Betty moved on to work for Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) where she retired in 1995. In 2001, Foster and Betty Oden moved from Dayton, Ohio to sunny Sun Lakes, Arizona. Shortly after moving to Sun Lakes, they joined Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church. Before she was overcome by her illness, Betty was very active with the African American Association of Sun Lakes (AAASL). She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister Gail and Dan Jones, daughter Cathy Hill, son Scott and Ludmila McRae), grandchildren Bailey McRae, Cameron McRae, and Zoe Hill. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Her extended family includes her children Gale Brown, Keith Oden, Stanley and Gloria Oden and Gregory and Bobbie Oden. She also has a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren with her extended family. Foster would like to give special thanks to Hospice of the Southwest for their loving care and attention they provided Betty over the months. The Memorial Service starts at 2pm on Saturday February 9, at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church 901 West Erie Street Chandler, Arizona 85225


Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 3, 2013
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