Elizabeth “Liz” O’Dea

Friday, February 14, 2020
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Elizabeth “Liz” O’Dea, age 57, of Glendive, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 at her home.

Private funeral services will be held in memory of Liz. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Liz’s name may be made to the March of Dimes or to any charity that directly benefits children. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Liz was born on Aug. 27, 1963 in Lemmon, S.D., a daughter of William Earl and Vivian Rose (Baumeister) Gannon. She was the eleventh of twelve children, and although she was the second youngest of the siblings, she spent a lot of her high school years helping take care of the family. That was just her nature, she was always putting others ahead of herself. The family grew up on a ranch in McIntosh, S.D., and Liz loved growing up on the ranch. She loved the ranch life and being outdoors. She graduated high school from McIntosh High School with the class of 1982 and shortly after high school she enrolled in Bismarck State College. While attending college, Liz worked as a librarian and also for Pride Industries, which helped people with special needs thrive in their community. Liz later graduated in 1986 with a power plant technician degree. Not long after graduating from college Liz married the love of her life, Clay O’Dea, on Oct. 10, 1986 in Mandan, N.D.; and to this union three children were born: Colton, Alissa “Al”, and Kylee. This began a new working chapter in her life: Mom, which was her favorite title. Due to Clay’s job as a lineman, the family moved a lot throughout various cities and states before settling in Glendive in 1998.

Liz had a lot of hobbies, but she was especially talented at sewing and gardening. She also loved being around children and animals, and they always seemed to be drawn to her as well. Liz will always be remembered for her kind and caring heart, and her strong will and determination. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Vivian; and her brother, David Gannon; and sister, Theresa Vieweg.

Liz is survived by her husband, Clay of Glendive; her children, Colton O’Dea of Glendive, Alissa “Al” O’Dea of Bozeman, and Kylee (Jeff) Neigel of Soldotna, Alaska; one granddaughter, Adaline Neigel; her siblings, Ron Gannon of Rapid City, S.D., Patrick Gannon of Alma, Ark., Janet Bieschke of Plymouth, Wis., Cindy (Keith) Peterson of Lemmon, Gary Gannon of Pipestone, Minn., Colette (Ken) Kellogg of Hermosa, S.D., Walter Gannon of Rapid City, Brad Gannon of Mitchell, S.D., and Karen (Greg) Robinson of Leola, S.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.