Mary Anne Elizabeth Odey

Published 5:11 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2023

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It is with heavy hearts and yet a firm hope in the resurrection that we announce the passing of our dear mother.  She entered into the presence of her Lord on Sept. 4, 2023, in her home. She was born Mary Anne Elizabeth Odey at home on Nov. 16, 1940, in the Chuckatuck area of Suffolk to the late Mary Bradshaw Joyner and Willie Curtis Odey.

Her life was a testament to her unwavering faith and the embodiment of Christian values. She found solace and strength in her relationship with God, consistently demonstrating compassion, forgiveness and selflessness to all who knew her. Mary Anne was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church for more than 30 years. Her steadfast belief in the Lord was the cornerstone of our family, guiding us through challenges and rejoicing with us in blessings. Everywhere she went she shared the Good News and was bold in witnessing to people she’d never met. Many times she could be heard asking, “Do you know where you’re going when you leave this world?”

Mary Anne retired from Flowers Baking Company and was affectionately known as “the bread lady” most of her adult life.

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She is now rejoicing in Heaven with her parents, her beloved husband, James Allen Goodwin; her sisters, Peggy Vann, Mildred Cisco and Debbie Greene and her brother Tommy Leggett.

Left to remember her are her sons, Edwin Cordero (Brenda), Tony Cordero (Deena) and David Cordero (Eileen); daughters, Dina Cordero and Angie Jones (Danny); her sister, Frances Edwards, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with another on the way. In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by step-children, Buddy Goodwin (Angel) and Beth Williams (Curtis), and a host of nieces, nephews and her cherished dog Dexter.

Her service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, officiated by her grandson, Pastor Cody Allen Jones. A private entombment will be at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary Anne’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, an organization she has supported for many years at