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Jeanette Carolyn Odame

A celebration of a life well-lived and a legacy deeply cherished, we announce the passing of Jeanette Carolyn O’Dame, born on August 26, 1958, in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. A shining beacon of light, Jeanette’s journey on earth came to a peaceful close on April 3, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio, surrounded by the love of her family.

Growing up in Louisiana, Jeanette always had a passion for education that led her to become a dedicated educator in child development. Her impact extended beyond the classroom as she advocated for her community in Columbus, where she resided and worked at Franklin County Child Development Center. Her influence reached far and wide, touching the lives of countless children and families.

Jeanette’s commitment to her faith was unwavering, and she found solace in her role as the assistant pastor at New Hope Community Church, where she served as a lead servant over the youth choir, inspiring young hearts with her love and dedication.

She leaves behind a legacy of love and a family who will forever carry her memory in their hearts. Jeanette is survived by her sons, Keith McLemore Jr. and Myran McLemore; her daughter, Lila O’Dame; her sisters, Doris Tumblin, Louise Stacy and Jeanie (John) Davis, Lilly (Howard) James, Elaine Jones; brothers, Louis (Wendy) Tumblin Jr., Larry Scott, Robert (Shirley) Scott; grandchildren, Destiny McLemore, Keith McLemore III, Karissa McLemore, and Myra McLemore, great grandchildren, Ava McLemore and Jakari McLemore; goddaughter Veronica West and a host of nieces, nephews,cousins and friends who will always cherish her memory.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Lewis; father, James Scott Sr.; granddaughter, Kaijah McLemore; nephews, Quardrell Thomas and Bralyn Tucker.

Visitation 10:00 am. and Funeral 11:00 am Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave, where we will honor and remember the beautiful life of Jeanette Carolyn O’Dame. Interment at Union Cemetery

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