Odila D. Rueda (1957 - 2017)

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Odila Diaz Rueda was born on Sept. 22, 1957, in Othello, Wash. She passed away on Oct. 30, 2017, in Chula Vista, Calif., surrounded by her family. Odila was a loving wife to Carlos Rueda, her darling, and a dedicated mother to her children. This year marked 20 years of living in Alaska, where she lived a full life dedicated to her Heavenly Father, the pursuit of knowledge and helping those around her.
Odila served a mission in Osaka, Japan, for The . Through the years she has held many callings in the church, including Sunday school teacher, children's music director and chorister. Odila had a strong testimony of her Heavenly Father and a deep love for the teachings of the church.
Odila earned her degree at Western Washington University, while caring for four young children, and later a Masters in Adult Education and Counseling, eventually becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. She touched the lives of many through her work with University of Alaska Anchorage and later as a LPC and was a powerful teacher and caring mentor to her students and clients. Odila was the youngest of six children, who saw education as a way to fulfill her goals. She overcame great obstacles as the daughter of migrant farm workers to peruse higher education.
Odila had many interests and was a talented singer and musician. She loved gardening and being surrounded with the beauty of this Earth. Her family will miss her gentle strength and her beautiful soul.
A celebration of life will be held this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at 7p.m., at the LDS Chapel, 2240 Baxter Road, Anchorage, AK 99504.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2017
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