Odella A. McDonald


April 28, 1918 - August 3, 2009



Odella A. (Moody, Johnson) McDonald Loving wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother, compassionate educator


Odella Agnes McDonald, age 91, passed away Monday, August 3 in Emmett, Idaho.  She was born April 28, 1918 in Artesian, SD.  She graduated from Forestburg in 1935. Odella began teaching at age eighteen in the Artesian area.  Odella was also a speech therapist and member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.  She was compassionate about helping children learn the value of an education.  She taught in several schools in South Dakota including Letcher, Cuthbert, Forestburg and taught in Simi Valley, CA.  She retired from teaching at Litchfield School in Mitchell in 1980 after sixteen years there.  She married Monte Johnson in August of 1937.  Monte passed away in 1957 in a boating accident.  She married Clarence McDonald in August of 1960.  Clarence passed away in January of 2001.  Odella was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the VFW Auxiliary for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Giddings and son, Gary Johnson of Emmett, ID and son, James McDonald of Minneapolis, MN.  She is also survived by granddaughters Tracy Adams, Lisa Garcia, Tricia Jensen, Jennifer Landanger, and many great-grandchildren.

Odella was preceded in death by her parents, Walter & Emma Moody; siblings: Margaret Burns, Emma Jopp, Mona Cross, Ralph Moody, Monte Moody, Lawrence Moody and Charlie Moody.  She was also preceded in death by her son, Randy Johnson.



Sunday, August 9, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, August 10, 2009
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1412 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Lisa Garcia on November 4, 2014
Oh my Grandmama, I miss you sooooooooo much!!!
Posted by Lori and the boys on August 9, 2009
With heavy hearts the boys and I give our deepest sympathy to all of our "family" on the passing of mom. We smile as we remember family activities, jokes and hilarious pictures. Know that we with you, always.
Posted by Kris and Stephanie Widmann on August 9, 2009
Miss you and thinking of you always O'Della.
Posted by Donna Martin on August 9, 2009
Sure will miss you O'Della.
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