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Rosetta Oden

Rosetta Oden (Harris)

Tuesday, March 12th, 1929 - Thursday, June 24th, 2021
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On Thursday, June 24,2021 our precious family matriarch Rosetta H Oden was welcomed into the arms of the Mighty Jesus. She was born on March 12,1929 to Norman & Catherine Burford Harris in the Lamberts Point section of Norfolk, Va. She attended Norfolk Community Hospital’s Nursing program & graduated from Booker T Washington High School In Norfolk Va where she met the love of her life, James Oden. It was love at first sight & throughout the years they were inseparable. A selfless, generous & loving couple they opened their home to friends & family, often sacrificing their comfort & needs for others.

Mother’s kindness & generosity extended to community service & social activism. She believed that as Christians we are to positively impact the world d around us- not just for ourselves but for our community & the world.As such,she served as the Villa Heights Civic League Secretary in the early 1980’s,petitioning so that the Villa Heights area could be included in the Park Place Conservation Zone so that residents could benefit from housing rehabilitation loans & grants. She passed this task on to her daughter Audrey who successfully presented the issue to Norfolk City Council & it was approved.Her community service/ social activism continued in various capacities. In 2020, at age 91 wheelchair bound, she voted in the presidential election & had her daughter photograph her & share it to encourage others to vote.

Mother Oden’s family & church were her delights. She served as an example of a strong,intelligent, sweet, Godly lady. She encouraged them to treat others as they would like to be treated & trust in the Lord.

She & her husband were founding members of Fellowship COGIC. They believed in supporting the church with their time, gifts & finances & passed this down to their grandson David, great grandson Dyami & many others.

Love the Lord & prove it with your lifestyle.

Mother was the Adult Sunday School Teacher at Fellowship until she was 91 due to the COVID lockdown. She still continued to write & read her beautiful poetry during our weekly Conference call church services to honor God & encourage the Saints, especially Pastor Cook, since he delighted in hearing her read. She even insisted on listening to the Conference call church service while critically ill in the hospital.

Mother Oden is predeceased by her parents,beloved husband,2 daughters, 6 grandchildren & 1 great grandchild.

Mother Oden leaves to cherish her memory a son, James Oden Jr, a daughter in law, Mary Oden, 4 daughters -Loretta Bond(Jimmy), Jamece Taylor, Patricia Beck & Audrey Oden; Over 14 grandchildren; Over 38 great grandchildren; Over 17 great great grandchildren & many friends & acquaintances. What a legacy left behind of such an immense amount of descendants by 2 amazing people who each grew up as an only child!

Mother Oden will truly be missed.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 1:00pm
    Freedom COGIC
    2966 Argonne Ave
    Norfolk, Virginia 23509
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  • Interment

    Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
    5310 Milner's road
    Suffolk, VA 23434
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Coretta Oden

Posted at 09:57pm
Grandma had a way of making a person feel special with little things that would mean very little or nothing at all to someone else. She paid attention to each individual and that made it easy for her to reach the core of you. One example: She kept a plastic necklace from one of my early childhood birthday parties. She held onto that thing for years. Às a young adult and in my 50s, she would mention that necklace to me periodically. Each time I felt a spark in my heart because that was her way of saying I saw you then and I SEE you now...the inner child in me, my spirit. That act also showed me that I am special enough for her to hold onto a financially insignificant item that was a symbol of her connection and love for me. Thank you Grandma for SEEING me and modeling that the price of an item does not necessarily represent it's true value. You have been the steady force in our family and a model of giving. I am proud to be one of your "girls" and know that you are always with me. I love you and will lean into your great example.
Love always,

Marilyn Brew

Posted at 09:22pm
Mrs. Oden (Grandma),
Thanks for the smiles, the warmth, the welcome, and the love you shared with me consistently. I enjoyed your laughter; I enjoyed you. I know you will continue to serve as one of God's angels. Love & Hugs

Niya Rodgers

Posted at 07:14pm
Three generations in one photo me, mom, and grandma! Love you so much.

Cindy Hammond

Posted at 11:03pm
My grandmother was one of the kindest and most honest person that I've ever known. I will miss sitting with her and talking and laughing with her about her childhood and my mom (Jamece) and her siblings' childhood. Grandma I will always Love and Miss you tremendously!❤❤❤⚘

Pastor George W Cook

Posted at 12:23pm
Pastor George W Cook Sr,1st Lady Doris Cook, the Officers & Members of Fellowship COGIC extend our love & heartfelt condolences to the Oden family.
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