Delores Jane Baxter Odle, 90, McPherson, and formerly of Stockton and rural Glade, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012, at Harmony Home, a private care home in McPherson. Delores was born in northwest Rooks County on April 4, 1922, to Fred M. and Lola E. (Muir) Baxter. At 6 months of age the family moved to a farm in southeast Phillips County where she spent the rest of her childhood years.
Delores was a 1940 graduate of Stockton High School and then worked at the AAA Office (now known as Farm Service Agency) until her marriage on March 18, 1944 to Gale B. Odle. Soon after, they moved to the family farmstead on the Phillips/Rooks County line where they lived and raised three children until moving to Stockton in 1989. Gale and Delores farmed and raised cattle in Phillips and Rooks counties. Even after moving to Stockton, they continued to drive to the farm each day and maintained their farming operation until retirement in 2004.
Delores was a great storyteller. She loved to tell stories that her grandparents told her and about her life growing up. Her dad passed away in 1933 so she had many stories about her mother continuing to manage the farm while raising two children during the Depression.
Delores had a great work ethic. She loved being a homemaker. Cooking and reading recipe books were favorite hobbies. Breads and homemade pies were her specialties. Grandchildren Dave, Trenton and Taylor remember her made-from-scratch birthday cakes. She also volunteered as a 4-H leader and room parent.
Delores and Gale moved to McPherson in December 2005 to be closer to their children, but continued to maintain their home and farm in Rooks/Phillips counties.
Gale passed away in May 2008. Also preceding Delores in death were her parents, her brother Robert (Bob) Baxter and infant brother, Kent.
Survivors include her children, Terry (Mary Lou) of Salina, Ted (Jean) of McPherson and Tammy Odle Goering (Greg) of McPherson; three grandchildren, Dave (Kim) Odle of Salina, Trenton Goering and Taylor Goering of McPherson; sisters-in-law, Grace Turnbull and Aloha Odle, Stockton, and Nellie Barth, Topeka, along with many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service is at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the United Methodist Church, 204 North Elm, Stockton. Lunch and visiting will follow the service. A private family burial will take place later at the Stockton City Cemetery. Friends may come in and sign the register book Friday, October 12, 2012, from 1 p.m. p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home in Stockton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the Rooks County 4-H Scholarship Fund and may be sent in care of the Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N. 1st, Stockton, KS 67669. Online condolences may be left at www.mooreoverlease.com.