Anna Mae (Cox) Odette, age 73, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at Concord Hospital in Concord from cardiac arrest.
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From her birth in Newburyport, Mass. January 13, 1940 to her death she nourished people around her with love, faith, and laughter. She was born to loving parents, Laurance and Dorothy (Russell) Bodwell and was a devoted sister to eight siblings while growing up in Haverhill. "Anna Banana" retired from the state of New Hampshire and dedicated her life to always putting others first, honoring the Church, and serving the Salvation Army through her wise words, feisty spirit, loving heart and love for Randy Travis. Her seemingly effortless talent for creating magic with a sewing machine, ability to make friends wherever she went with her unforgettable Senator Jeanne Shaheen approved whoopie pies, and her "cold hands warm heart" will never be forgotten. Annas greatest joys came from her friends and family. There wasn't a stranger she met that didn't hear her boast or brag about how handsome her sons or grandson were. There wasn't a day that went by where she didn't mention how much she loved her daughter, granddaughters or great granddaughters.
Left to honor and remember her love are Anna's husband, Scott Odette; fur baby, TJ; four children, Varneta Vaughns, Robert H. Cox Jr., John R. Cox, and Timothy P. Cox; five grandchildren, Sean Cox, Jennifer Cox, Elizabeth Cox, Samantha Cox, and Samantha Vaughns; three great-grandchildren, Avery Cox, Braelynn Vanlier and Ellieanna Vanlier; her siblings, Leslie Sr., Laurence Jr., Albert, Donald, and Debra (Bodwell) Laurance; and many nieces and nephews.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bernard Russell and Bruce; and sister, Lois (Bodwell) Best.
Anna will always be a bright, shining light in the lives of those she touched and remembered for the love, caring, nurturing generosity she shared for everyone.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Sunday, February 17, at 2 p.m., at the Salvation Army, 58 Clinton St, Concord.
The family will greet friends and loved ones at 1:30 p.m., the Church until the time of ceremony.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at the New Hampshire Kidney Center and her Nurse Practitioner, Sandra Bell at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic in Concord for their attentiveness and loving care.
Published in The Concord Monitor from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2013