EVA TALBOT ODELL
While the sun was set and the clocks were announcing the advent of the Sabbath Day of rest, Mrs. Eva Odell, leaving her friends behind, and passing through the parted veil, entered the Eternal Rest, just beyond the reach and ken of human mind. Her bodily strength gone, eaten out by some insidious poison which stealthily entered her system, her spirit quietly took its flight, leaving to her loved ones the house of clay and a rich possession of precious memories.
Her life span of nearly 76 years, full of kindly thoughts and helpful deeds, was from April 4, 1855 to December 7, 1930. A native of Edmeston and spending her entire life here, yet her interests and sympathy were as wide as wide as humanity. For over 40 years she lived in her late home on South Street. Naturally she saw many changes in her native and well beloved village.
Eva Talbot Odell is the last of five children born to the late Joseph and Lucretia Bemis Talbot. She was of pioneer stock, her father being an early settler on farm lands just east of Edmeston. Her grandfather Bemis bought from the Indians farm lands a mile and a half east of the village which has been a possession of the family till recently, pacing off so many paces long and so many paces wide from a certain tree. Her father gave from his farm the land that now constitutes Union Cemetery, her former husband, the late Abraham Varley, being the first to be buried there.
Mrs. Odell received her education in the schools of Edmeston. In 1874 she was united in marriage to Abraham Varley, who died ten years later from results of a seemingly slight accident, leaving one son, Luke E. On July 24, 1894, she was united in marriage to Henry A. Odell, who with the son survives. She was as faithful and true a wife as she was a tender and beautiful mother.
In 1877 Mrs. Odell united with the Second Baptist church, of which she continued a faithful and devoted member till she left to join the church Victorious. Her christian life was of singular strength and beauty. Her church shared liberally with her home of her time, talents, strength and love. As a regular attendant of all services of the church, as an efficient member of the choir, as a faithful Sunday School teacher, as a quiet leader in the Missionary society and the W. C. T. U., her place will be hard to fill. Of her were literally true the words of Timothy Dwight:
I love Thy kingdom, Lord,
The house of Thine abode,
The church our blest Redeemer
With His own precious blood.
For her my tears shall fall,
For her my prayers ascend,
To her my cares and toils be given
Till toils and cares shall end.
According to her wish her funeral obsequies were held at the church she so much loved, Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by her pastor, Dr. John F. Weinhauer. The beautiful floral tribute and the large gathering of friends and fellow citizens bore silent testimony to the high esteem in which the departed was held.
The deceased leaves to mourn her departure her husband, H. A. Odell of Edmeston, her son, Luke Varley, of West Winfield; a grandson, Leslie Varley, of Frankfort; a granddaughter, Thelma Varley, of West Winfield; a great grandson, John Sherden, of West Winfield; two nephews, J. C. Talbot of Kansas City and Prof. H. W. Talbot, professor in Oshkosh Teachers College, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; and one niece, Mrs. Carrie Burdick of Edmeston.
Her body was laid to rest in Union Cemetery.