Shirley “Ody” Odom Ramsower, 84, passed away August 19, 2019, at home in Parma. Shirley was born on November 21, 1934, in Florence, Arizona to Juanita and Coleman Odom. After moving to Caldwell, Idaho in 1945, she attended the local elementary, junior high, and high schools. She spent her summers and vacations riding horses and working cattle on the family’s ranches in North Powder, Oregon; Jordan Valley, Oregon and Parma, Idaho. After graduating from Caldwell High School in 1953, she attended the University of Arizona working toward a degree in Education. Shirley met and married her husband, Charles “Chuck” Edward Ramsower, during college. After Chuck graduated, they moved back to Jordon Valley, Oregon and then to Parma, Idaho. In 1959, they moved to the Los Angeles, California area so Chuck could work for the Los Angeles Police Department. Shirley went on to attend the California State University Los Angeles where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education with Minors in Home Economics and Business. She went to work in the Malabar School District in Los Angeles teaching K-6th grades. During these years, she loved camping, motor cycling, and fishing vacations with her family. She and Chuck retired to Parma, Idaho in 1979, where they enjoyed their time working cattle, riding horses, and local trout fishing. She was widowed in December 1997. She met James Clinton Hedges in 1998 and they have enjoyed many years of snowmobiling, four wheeling, and fishing. They have been super partners spending time in the mountains at the cabin, going on cruises, snow-birding to Yuma, Arizona and southern California.
Shirley is survived by her two children, two grandchildren and partner, Jim. Her son Mike lives in Parma, Idaho with his wife Sue. Her daughter Diane lives in Wenatchee, Washington with her husband Dave. Their children, Doug and Drew, respectively live in Redmond, Washington and Sacramento, California. Jim lives outside of Parma, Idaho.
Shirley will be greatly missed but will be remembered for her love of family, adventure, gardening, and fishing. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and partner.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church in Anderson Hall at 302 N. 3rd St. Parma, Idaho 83660. Please join us for an evening of love, laughter, and sharing special memories over dessert and punch.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The donation webpage is http://giftfunds.stjude.org/Shirley_Ramsower
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