You may not have noticed, but on 25 May 2022 at 9:53 AM the sun dimmed for a fraction of a microsecond and Heaven grew that much brighter as Roberta Pippy Odell passed through the veil to the other side. There her memories returned, her balance regained and falls became a thing of the past. She was immediately surrounded by her Father (Herbert Charles Pippy) and Mother (Audrey Elizabeth Chalk) and Brother (John-Bud) and Sister (Audrey Elizabeth.) Equally happy to embrace her was Dale Hanks the first LDS missionary to Newfoundland, Canada who was responsible for her conversion. The first words she heard from the crowd was “Is that you Max?” That would have been Frank Pottle her brother-in-law. They shared a special friendship.
Roberta was born in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada 4 November 1939 She attended Mc Phearson academy and received her R.N.from the General Hospital in St. John’s. She received the Gold Award which allowed her to further her psychiatric training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Canada. She was sponsored by the Salt Lake County Hospital entering the United States in 1963 and soon was head nurse on 2 West at the new University Medical Hospital. It was there she met her future husband, Richard H. Odell who was a student at the time.
She had two sons: David H.Odell, M.D. (Cassie) and Richard Kelly Odell, J.D.,R.N. (Olya.) She has three Grand Children: Elizabeth, Jeremy and Katherine.
Roberta had many church callings, but her favorite was Cub Scout Den leader and she enjoyed watching the young men grow into leaders of the community. She served 4 years on the Silver Fork water board.
Having two sons, she realized she would be left out unless she participated in their activities. So, she skied, hiked, took karate lessons and camped with them including fifteen back packing trips across the Grand Canyon. Her favorite hike was the frequent full moon hikes from Brighton to Park City.
She was proud of her Newfoundland-Canadian heritage and never gave up her Canadian citizenship. Her island home was “The Roots of My Spirit”
I have flown with the seagulls and
Fished the waters of the cove. I have
Walked on the beaches and stood
As one with the trees. I have watched
The sun secretly rise above the hills and
Gently rest behind our island.
The roots of my spirit are in this place.
My Island, My Home!
Roberta is survived by her Husband, two sons and three Grand Children. She is survived by three Sisters: Ruby (Jan) SLC, UT, Auddie (Bob) Nova Scotia and June(Bob) Newfoundland
A viewing will be held Thursday June 2, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, located at 1950 E Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah. A Graveside Service will be held Friday June 3, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
Steve and I wish you all the best during this difficult time.
God Bless you.
What a beautiful tribute to Bobbi! We were able to visualize the event as you described and it was beautiful! Dear Dick, and sons, we are so sorry for your loss, but we rejoice that Bobbi is no longer suffering in the frailities of her mortal body. We have wonderful memories of you both at our group dinners and in our home. We are envious of all our friends on the otherside, no doubt they are gathering together to enjoy one another. More friends are beyond the veil than are here now and it brings much sorrow to be away from them. But thank goodness for the knowledge we have of the Gospel. Hope and prayers help to ease the pain. We are sending love and hugs your way. Love Carol and Renae.
My love goes out to the Odell family as I also lost my mom this month and I know how hard it is. I had the privilege of not only having Dr. Odell as my dermatologist for most of my live, but I'm also friends with his son Rich, who is a great man. I was saddened to learn of Mrs. Odell's passing when Rich told me about it last night.
Your family is in my prayers. It's nice to know that we will see our loved ones again on the other side. If you ever need anything Rich please reach out.