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ODETTE RAGOT CANNON Age 85, Odette Ragot Cannon, devout Christian, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and dear friend, left the constraints of this physical world on May 2, 2013 to be with the Lord for eternity. She was born on September 2, 1927 in Easton, Pennsylvania to the late Henry and Mabel Mandeville Ragot. After her mother passed away, she was raised by her father and step-mother, the late Laura Mason Ragot who adopted her later in life. Odette was preceded in death by her sister Marien Ragot McBride (husband Russell), and her brother Henry Warren Ragot. She is survived by her brother Robert Ragot (wife Santa), her sister-in-law Virginia Ragot, her brother-in-law Jim Mayfield and several nieces and nephews. Odette left Pennsylvania for Riverside, California with her first husband, the late Bill Mayfield, in 1953. She is survived by their five children, Steve Mayfield, Patty Trowbridge (husband John), Tom Mayfield, Laura Henrich (fiancée Ed Nix) and Charles Mayfield. Odette was a devoted mother who raised her children single handedly and loved her children deeply and unconditionally. She was a long-time member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Riverside and centered her children's lives around church choir, youth groups and summer camps. She also involved them in YMCA programs, 4-H, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Odette was an adoring grandmother who cherished her six granddaughters, TeAna (husband Joe), Sarah, Melissa, Jenny (husband Ben), Michelle (husband Eric) and Claire. She was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren. Odette shared her love of camping with her children and grandchildren. She instilled a love of nature in all of them and left them with many precious memories. Crest Avenue Baptist Church was Odette's second family and home for almost 40 years. It was there that her deep faith and biblical knowledge became solidified. While in attendance, she met and married the late Lewis Cannon. She was very active in all aspects of the church. She attended services every Sunday, went to Bible studies every Wednesday and also served as church treasurer for many years. She will be deeply missed at this year's Mother's Day church luncheon which she attended yearly with her daughter Laura and granddaughter TeAna. Odette was a life-long learner. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1949 with a BA in Social Work and later, received an AS in Accounting from Riverside Community College. She loved to read, converse in worldly issues and especially to share stories of how God influenced her life. She loved to play scrabble and work word puzzles. She kept her mind sharp. In her long career as a Social Worker for the County of Riverside, Odette was devoted to helping those in need. After her retirement in 1991 her love of camping and travel blossomed. Her desire was to visit every National Park and she almost did. She traveled throughout the Continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and throughout the Holy Lands, especially Israel. Odette considered music as one of God's greatest gifts. She filled her life with music, attending operas, musical theater and concerts regularly. Odette sang with the Riverside Mission Belles off and on for more than 50 years. This group was instrumental in founding the California Women's Chorus of which they are now a member. Please join us in a celebration of Odette's life. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 13, 10 a.m., at Crest Avenue Baptist Church, 6450 Crest Avenue, Riverside. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Odette's name to the Crest Avenue Baptist Church.
Published in Press-Enterprise on May 8, 2013
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