Ida Whitman

Ida Jane Whitman (Cook)

Saturday, November 14th, 1942 - Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
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Ida June Whitman, 77 years old, passed away peacefully, going to her eternal home in heaven on October 14, 2020 at Albany Medical Center with her daughter Rose Wanda Carey by her Mom’s bedside as her Mom passed. Ida was a resident of Washington and Elm Retirement Home on Elm St. in Benn.

Ida was born on November 14, 1942 in NY to the late Edward and Theresa Lavina (Sweet) Cook. She received her education in North Benn. School.

Ida was employed as a production worker at the Polygraphic in North Benn., VT, and Shea’s Manufacturing in North Benn., VT. She also was a homemaker.

Ida married the late Arthur O’Dell from Petersburg, NY and together they had eight children. Their first born Arthur O’Dell, Jr predeceased his parents. Surviving children are: Edward O’Dell of Benn., VT, Hieth O’Dell of Barre, VT, Raymond O’Dell of Manchester, VT, James O’Dell of Benn., VT, Rose Wanda Carey of Benn., VT, Duane O’Dell of Arlington, VT and Tina Myers of Benn., VT.

Ida enjoyed operating her own tag sale on a weekly basis. She also enjoyed family gatherings, cookouts, and country music. She had a passion for dancing, even from early childhood. She liked playing bingo. Her favorite color was blue. Ida really enjoyed walking the streets of Benn. in her latter years while living at Washington and Elm. She made many new friends. Her daughter Rose knows how much this meant to her. It fulfilled her need for companionship because she told Rose that the people really enjoyed her singing and dancing that she did as a past time. Rose and her family would like to say thank you for accepting their mother for who she really was as well as the affect you all had on her quality of living in her last years here on earth.

Ida grew up out in the country and was always a country girl at heart.

Besides her children, Ida is survived by her grandchildren; Adam Hilton, Robert Myers, Richard Myers Jr., Noah O’Dell, Shawn O’Dell, James Jeffrey O’Dell, Timothy James Carey Jr., Jennifer Carey, Trisha O’Dell, Joshua O’Dell and Robert O’Dell. Great grandchildren are Rosezella Lessman, Natasha Carey, Ethan Carey, Elon Carey, Little John Fitch, AdaLina Fitch and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Ida is also survived by her sister Isabelle Moon.

Ida is predeceased by her first husband Arthur, her first child Arthur O’Dell, Jr, her grandson Michael O’Dell; by her sisters Betty Cook, Ruth Brownell, June Labarron and brothers Forest Cook, James Cook, Robert Cook and Charles Cook.

There will be no calling hours for Ida.

Graveside ceremony will be held on Tuesday October 27, 2020 at 1pm at Hinsdillville Cemetery in North Benn., VT. Ida will be buried with her son Arthur O’Dell, Jr.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ida June Whitman may be made to Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street Benn., VT 05201 to help the family with her final expenses.

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  • Graveside Ceremony

    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 1:00pm
    Hindsville Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    North Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 1:00pm
    Hinsdillville Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Madison Lofaro

Posted at 04:11pm
What a beautiful woman. She used to go into Panache when I worked there. I will always remember how sweet she was. May her spirit and dancing live on forever ❤️

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