Lois K. O'Dea


Lois K. O’Dea, 88, of Miles City, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Miles City.

Mrs. O’Dea was born in Glendive on Nov. 3, 1925, to Owen and Margaret Williams. She grew up with her siblings on Lufboro Flats northeast of Glendive. She attended a one-room schoolhouse near the homestead. She talked of riding a horse to school with her brothers and sister. She also talked often about growing up during the Depression. She moved to Glendive to attend high school and then continued on to nursing school to begin in the Cadet Nurse Corp. 

In 1946, she graduated from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in Billings. 

She met the love of her life, Paul O’Dea, at a church social. They were married on May 28, 1949, at St. Patrick’s Church in Billings. Their family grew quickly and in 1956 they moved to Miles City.

Mr. and Mrs. O’Dea raised their six children on a small farm east of town. Mrs. O’Dea went back to work when Mr. O’Dea started college. She eventually worked as a nurse practitioner at the Miles City Veterans Affairs for 20-plus years. 

After their retirement, Mr. and Mrs. O’Dea enjoyed many travels together visiting family and friends afar. She enjoyed antiquing with her husband during their many trips to visit and help family. Mrs. O’Dea also loved photography and was an avid scrapbooker. She loved watching birds and taking walks to collect wild flowers. Mrs. O’Dea was always devoted to family and her faith. She celebrated her 88th birthday in style, shortly before her death. Mrs. O’Dea died surrounded by her children. 

Her survivors include her children, Margaret “Peggy” Tiffany, Thomas O’Dea and Martin (Jeanette) O’Dea, all of Miles City, Dr. Patrick (Marlene) O’Dea of Spokane, Wash., Dr. Timothy (Susan) O’Dea of Wenatchee, Wash., and Marianne Reaves of Misawa, Japan; one sister, Eleanor Williams of Glendive; two brothers, Dr. Patrick Williams of Dickinson, N.D., and Michael (Ruth) Williams of Whitehall; and her grandchildren, Dr. Michael J. O’Dea, Katie McCartney, Dr. Jamie O’Dea, Dr. Megan McElroy, Anna Tiffany, Sarah O’Dea, Matthew O’Dea, Dr. Rhonda Holt, Daniel Reaves, Michael T. O’Dea, Brent O’Dea, Jerel Blakely, Janel Bassett, Jeline Blakely and Josh Blakely; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Williams; and her beloved Paul, husband of 62 years.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. A vigil service will follow at 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Miles City.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.stevensonandsons.com.  

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart School, Holy Rosary Hospice or to the charity of their choices.