Juanita Odell Stidham Turner


Juanita Odell Stidham Turner was called to her heavenly home on Saturday morning, February 8, 2020, at the age of 94. Odell was born in Wolfe City, Texas, on January 8, 1926, to Virgie Kizer Stidham and Charlie Stidham.

She was preceded in death by her parents Virgie and Charlie Stidham, husband Don Turner, son Rickey Turner, sisters Oma Tapp and Verda Lee Greenway, and brother Homer Stidham.

Left to cherish her memory are son Wes Pearson and wife Carolyn of San Antonio, son Ron Pearson and wife Bonnie of Liberty Hill, and daughter Paula Ischy of Liberty Hill, and daughter-in-law Karen Turner of Hamilton; grandchildren Mark Pearson, Carrie Wenner, Christa Moreland, Brian Pearson, Mike Hine, David Hine, Catrina Gage, Chelsea Powell, Robert Turner, and Kandey Gibson; 18 great-grandchildren; and countless friends.

Odell grew up on a small farm in East Texas. After graduating from high school, she attended business college for a short time before marrying and moving to California where she supported the war effort working as a riveter in an airplane factory. During her life she worked building planes in Texas and California, as a seamstress in a blue jean factory sewing on pockets, as a paleontology laboratory technician, co-owner and operator in the hamburger drive-in Toot-N-Teller, co-owner and operator in the Lazy T BBQ restaurant in Austin and then Liberty Hill, seamstress, and her most loved jobs as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Odell and Don were married on January 25, 1961, and celebrated 34 years together.

Odell was a very talented person and enjoyed many things from sewing and crafts to gardening. Everyone in her family and many friends have enjoyed one or more of her beautiful quilts as well as handmade clothes. She especially enjoyed sewing lap quilts to donate to local nursing homes. She was always ready to try something new and always ready to get up and go. She also immensely enjoyed the many road trips she and Don took in their RV. Odell was a beautiful person inside and out.

A celebration of life for Odell will be at 2:00PM on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Fellowship Church in Liberty Hill with Pastors Derrick Norris and Tim McIlhaney officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Apraxia Kids/NIDCD. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.beckchapels.com/obits. Beck Funeral Home Cedar Park is assisting the family with arrangements.