Carol Ann French Odor, Feb. 22, 1939 — Dec. 26, 2013

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | 5:32 p.m. CST

Carol Ann French Odor, 74, of Columbia, passed away on December 26, 2013, at her home in Columbia. Carol has requested there be no services or memorials. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Carol was born on February 22, 1939 in Beckley, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Robert and Mildred (Crotty) French. On August 1, 1963, she married Raymond W. Odor, who preceded her in death on October 13, 2001.

Carol graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School of Beckley where she participated in sports, musicals, and band. During two summers, she was a counselor at Camp Lightfoot, in Hinton, West Virginia, which served underprivileged children from the coal mining towns around the area. It was a wonderful experience.

In 1957, Carol entered West Virginia University to study Health and Physical Education. During her first semester, she took a modern dance class. She enjoyed it so much, she decided she wanted to teach dance in a University setting.

Carol attended WVU from 1957-1961. She was a freshman cheerleader and enjoyed watching Jerry West play basketball for three years. Carol was a member of the Modern Dance Club and Alpha Phi Sorority. She graduated with high honors in 1961.

In 1961 and 1962 Carol was a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Education and Dance.

Carol came to UMC in 1962 as an Instructor in Health and Physical Education to teach dance classes. Several years later she became an Assistant Professor and Head of the Dance Program. She remained in that position for 33 years until her retirement in 1995. Carol taught Modern, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom, and Country Western Dance, plus some courses for Physical Education Major and Dance Minor students.

Carol also directed and choreographed for many UMC dancers in concert productions, several state dance conventions, and invitational presentations for other college and community groups. Carol’s main professional love was dance choreography. In 1983, she began choreographing musical theater productions. For 27 years, she choreographed a total of 55 musicals (for Maplewood Barn Theatre, Hickman High School, and Columbia Entertainment Company.)

Carol met Ray Odor, a high school teacher and coach, her first year at UMC and they married August 1963. The marriage produced three sons, Ray Jr., Rob, and Rick. Their growing up years were very busy and rewarding, lots of sports activities, and many trips to West Virginia, Cape Cod, San Antonio, Pennsylvania, Myrtle Beach, and Estes Park.

Carol enjoyed working with her University students and faculty, her high school students in the Hickman Musicals and the wonderful people she worked with at Columbia Entertainment Company. She also enjoyed sports, crossword puzzles, and all her doggies.

Carol loved and received support and pleasure from her sisters and their spouses and her cousins and spouses and their get-togethers at Harrahs, St. Louis, and their homes in North Carolina. She also loved all her nieces and nephews. But her greatest joy in life was her three sons and her grandson, Grant who she loved unconditionally.

Survivors include, her sons Ray Jr., of Tulsa, OK, Rob and Rick, of Columbia, MO, her grandson, Grant, of Tulsa, OK, two sisters, Mary Krisch of San Antonio, TX, and Linda Howell and husband Tom, of Harbinger, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brothers in law, Gerry Krisch, C.K. Odor, her sister in law, Malcolm Odor, her nephew Cliff Odor, nephew in law, Charlie Stilec, and great nephew Jonathan Horsch.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to Central Missouri Humane Society.

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