Janice Odom, 81, of Tallahassee and Live Oak Island, passed peacefully, Thursday, June 21, 2018, with family by her side.
Janice was born Feb. 3, 1937, in Jacksonville to Norman and Bobbie (Manzer) Grosser.
Janice grew up in Jacksonville, the youngest of three girls. Her father, Norman, taught her how to catch all varieties of seafood on the St. Johns River. She remained an avid fisherwoman throughout her life. She enjoyed cooking large meals and sharing them with friends and neighbors. Everyone loved her fried shrimp and blue crab English muffins.
Janice graduated in 1954 from Landon High School, and in 1957 from Florida State University with a degree in elementary education, and went on to become an elementary school teacher in Hollywood.
Her senior year at FSU, in 1957, Janice was the Phi Kappa Tau Dream Girl. She loved her days at FSU; she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and the FSU Flying High Circus, for which she performed the Spanish Web.
She married Billy Odom, of Mount Dora, in 1960, in Jacksonville.
Janice leaves behind a family who loved her very much, daughter, Jenny Odom (Jeff Ignaszewski), of Apalachicola; son, Michael Odom (Anita Koleszar Odom); grandchildren, Emma Ignaszewski (Aaron Match), of Princeton, New Jersey, Abby Ignaszewski of Nashville, Tennessee, Mamie Odom, and Oliver Odom; brothers-in-law Gerald Odom (Maureen Odom), George Dolnick; and several nieces and nephews, Linda Odom Kennedy, Wynn Odom, Cris Odom Bryie, Steve Odom, Melissa Odom, David Odom. Carol Wheeler Hop, Barbara Wheeler Johnston, and Cassie Dolnick Rivera.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband Billy Ross Odom; her sisters, Joan Wheeler and Joyce Dolnick; Paul and Sue Odom, Bill Wheeler, and nephew, Paul Dolnick.
Janice lived in Tallahassee since 1972 with her family and had many friends in the area. She and Billy belonged to Springtime Tallahassee and served in the 20th Century Krewe. Jan played tennis, and was an avid Florida State fan. She played bridge with a close-knit group of friends and was a dedicated swim team mom and volunteer of all sorts.
She loved playing practical jokes, giving gag gifts, telling stories, crafting handmade birthday cards, laughing, dancing, and collecting singing and dancing toys and dolls. She loved playing cards and games, and having friends over for seafood dinners. She could throw a mean cast net, and taught many youngsters to do the same.
We're sure that wherever she is, it's five o'clock. We hope she is having a cocktail and a good laugh or two with all of her family and friends on this fine summer Tallahassee day. We will miss her forever.
Thank you to Big Bend Hospice, and the Hospice House for the love and care you gave Janice for the last months and days. Thank you to her caregivers, friends, and family who helped in so many ways to remind her how loved she is always.
A Celebration of Life will be planned for the fall.
Donations can be made to the Tallahassee Community College Foundation "Angels of Mercy" Scholarship Fund, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL, 32324, which is an endowed scholarship fund, created by Billy and Jan in 2001 for nursing students at TCC College of Nursing.