LEWISTOWN, Mo. -- Martha Lou O'Dear, 86, of Lewistown, died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2013) in Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal. Martha was born July 6, 1926, in Lewis County, a daughter of Aura and Margaret Daggs Holbert. On Oct. 2, 1949, she married H. C. O'Dear. He died Nov. 3, 1993. They were partners in his farming operation and owned the farm south of Lewistown that has been in the Daggs family since 1883. Martha Lou was a 1944 graduate of Lewistown High School. She earned a bachelor of science in education degree at what is now Truman State University in 1947 and taught English for 25 years with the Lewis County C-1 School District. Martha Lou was a 1954 charter member of the Lewistown We Moderns Club and also served as a district officer. She was a past matron and member of the Monticello Chapter OES No. 383. Mrs. O'Dear belonged to the First Baptist Church of Lewistown, where she was an active member for many years. Survivors include, three children, Connie (David) Fox of Hannibal, Carol (John) Schaller of Oklahoma City, and Craig O'Dear of Kansas City; six grandchildren, David (Lindsey) Fox of Valdosta, Ga., Amy (John) Fox Bleigh of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ryan Schaller of Enid, Okla., Sydney, Cullen, and Cormac O'Dear of Kansas City; two great-grandchildren, Hadley Fox and Cooper Bleigh; one sister, Elaine Herbert of Quincy, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Jeanette Holbert of Quincy; nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was also preceded in death, by her parents; her brother, John Holbert; and brother-in-law, Maury Herbert. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Monday in the First Baptist Church of Lewistown with the Rev. Ted Middleton conducting. Burial will be in the Lewistown Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Fox III, Ryan Schaller, Cullen O'Dear, Cormac O'Dear, John Schaller, John Holbert and Todd Moore. VISITATION: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Arnold's Funeral Home in Lewistown. MEMORIALS: First Baptist Church of Lewistown. ARRANGEMENTS: Arnold's Funeral Home, Lewistown. WEBSITE: www.arnoldsfuneralhome.net.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2013