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Stella Rae (Miller) O'Dear

July 26, 1942 ~ April 6, 2018 (age 75)

It is with great sadness that the family of Stella Rae Miller O’Dear announce her passing, on April 6, 2018, at the age of 75 years.  She was born in Marion on July 26, 1942 to the late Lee Miller and Lois Carver Miller.  Stella will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 42 years, Arthur, their children, Deanie (Barry) and Kay, grandchildren Tiffany (Trey) and Cory, great-grandson Nathaniel, as well as many extended loving family members and dear friends.  She is now reunited with all of her family in Heaven, including her beloved son, Tim.


Along with being a loving wife and mother, Stella worked as a Quality Assurance Inspector at Baxter Healthcare for more than 30 years.  She was an active member of Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church.  She participated as a children’s Sunday School teacher, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary, and Treasurer of the church.  Stella loved gardening and the outdoors.  She especially enjoyed feeding her birds and squirrels.  Cooking meals for her family and friends gave her the greatest pleasure.  Her homemade candies and fudge were her specialty.  Her loved ones will remember her as a feisty, independent woman that always spoke her mind.  She will be greatly missed, but we will take comfort in knowing she is dancing and rejoicing with Jesus.


A funeral service will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Wood officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Flowers are welcome and memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills at PO Box 336, Forest City, NC  28043.  

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