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Dorothy McArthur Odekirk
1924 - 2015

At 90 years old, she was still feisty, humorous, sassy in her conversation and fun to be around and so missing all her family who preceded her in death: her parents, her siblings, her husband, Warren L. Odekirk, her sons Warren Glen and Roy "L" and her great granddaughter Madison Douglas. 

Dorothy was the fourth child of five children born in St. George, Utah to J. Keith McArthur and Mary Lund. She grew up to be independent, clever, and self-reliant. She married Warren while she was attending business college in Salt Lake City and moved around the country with him. When they moved to Roosevelt to build a family farm, she trained to be a hairdresser and later sold beauty supplies. Eventually they moved to Las Vegas and then Pahrump. When Warren died, she moved back to Las Vegas to be close to her sons and stayed for more than 35 years.

Dorothy was an avid golfer, winning a club championship at Alpine Country Club. She was tiny (when she was little her nickname was Peanut) so her golf game wasn't long, but she won with her accuracy. She even had a hole-in-one. In her last years what she missed most was driving a car, but golf was a close second.

Dorothy's daughter and husband who had always lived away from Dorothy, have enjoyed her company for two years since she moved to American Fork, Utah and lived under the tender care of Heritage Care Center. Warren's sister also survives her and lives in Salt Lake City. 

In addition to bearing three children, Dorothy was grandmother to 10, and great grandmother to 22. The things we learned from her will serve us well. We are more independent, self-reliant and courageous because of her influence, and we're much more inclined to a snappy comeback. We are thankful to have known her. Dorothy was loved and will be missed.

On Friday, April 3, at 2:00 p.m. a graveside service held at the St. George Cemetery on Tabernacle Street.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 2, 2015.

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