Odessa Lindley, age 80, died early Saturday morning, August 28, 2010, at her daughter’s Albuquerque, New Mexico residence.
She was born May 2, 1930, at Memphis, Texas, the daughter of Elliott Horatio and Ellen Lorean (Adcock) Saunders. As a young girl she attended grade school in Memphis before moving to Lakeview, Texas, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1947. After her graduation, she attended West Texas State University, in Canyon, Texas, graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in 1951.
On June 23, 1951, she married Dalton Lindley at Memphis, Texas. After her marriage she began her teaching career, having taught school in Spade, Abernathy, and Snyder, Texas. In 1988, the couple purchased the Dalton’s Bedpost Motel in Meade, where she and her husband co-owned and operated the business.
She was a member of the Church of Christ of Meade and the Cowbells of Dalhart, Texas. She enjoyed creating art, sewing, crocheting, handiwork, crafts, and had recently mastered tatting.
She is survived by: Two daughters, Tanja Thornton and husband Shawn of Meade, Kansas, Saundra Reece and husband Russ of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Two sisters, Lola Mae Cathy of Stratford, Texas, Zelda Ray Smith of Amarillo, Texas; Five grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Dalton on December 1, 2000; her parents; and two brothers, Glenn Elliott Saunders and Johnny Saunders.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 2, 2010, at the Church of Christ, Meade with Mr. Tom Elliott presiding. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment will follow in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Home or the Tipton Children’s Home in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com