Helen Louise Odette, 98, of El Paso, formerly of Watseka, passed away on August 7, 2019, at Heritage Health in El Paso. She was born on November 26, 1920, in Iroquois, IL, to George and Carrie (Hokensen) McClatchey. She married James Odette on July 22, 1945, in Kankakee. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2005.
She is survived by 1 son: Dave (Linda) Odette of Bloomington; 3 granddaughters: Carrie Odette of Lakewood, CO, Kacey (Nyoman) Jawato of El Segunda, CA, and Keelin Schaffrath of Grand Junction, CO.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 brothers and 1 sister.
She lived in the Watseka area for many years before moving to Bloomington and becoming a resident at Westminster Village. Helen always had an infectious smile and loved to send out greeting cards to brighten people's lives. She will definitely be remembered for her ability to bake the best coconut cream pies.
Private family burial will take place at Mound Grove Cemetery in Kankakee at a later date. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements. Online tributes and Condolences may be made at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com. Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Watseka First United Methodist Church or Heritage Health Activity Fund in El Paso.
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