Along the Garden Path: Virginia O’Dell – one amazing woman


Virginia O’Dell is the type of person everyone wants to be like – kind, considerate, honest, caring and thoughtful. Virginia was born March 23, 1919; her parents were Samuel and Julie McCabe. She married Robert (Bob) O’Dell on Aug. 11, 1936, and had two sons, Ronnie and Larry.

Both Bob and Virginia worked at Producers Livestock in Greenville and she was the office manager. They lived on their farm where they milked Holstein cattle.

Virginia says, “With that responsibility, you didn’t take vacations.”

She enjoyed sewing in 4-H when she was younger and later became leader of the Nifty Neave 4-H Club. Many great memories are from her family showing the cattle at the Great Darke County Fair where they won many awards.

Bob always took pride in doing yard work, he always wanted it to look good. They both were interested in vegetable gardening and Virginia has always had a special love for flowers.

After retirement, the O’Dell’s enjoyed their mobile home in Angola, Indiana, where they could get away and relax.

She plants geraniums of all colors; some are kept over from year-to-year in her garage. Her favorite perennial is the hosta. The vegetable garden has reduced in size but she still likes to grow some cabbages, green beans and tomatoes.

At the age of 62, she became a member of the Wildflower Garden Club and 36 years later still remains active in the club. She is always in the Flower Department on flower show days and has won many rosettes for traditional designs, roses and spot garden. The Wildflower Garden Club staged a home flower show entitled “Country Charm” in her home.

Virginia stays busy hand-stitching over 20 quilts, all with vibrant colors, for family members to enjoy. She is determined to stay busy. She attends the Fort Jefferson Methodist Church. She is president of the Women’s Society; president of Darke County Senior Citizens where they play cards every week and very much enjoys her garden club.

Virginia collects spoons from all states, angels, chickens and bird houses. She enjoys watching the birds. Her pride and joy is Scooter, her 11-year-old dog.

We extend a Happy 98th birthday to Virginia. She definitely is One Amazing Woman!

By Charlene Thornhill

Along the Garden Path

Charlene Thornhill is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Along the Garden Path. She can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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