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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to learn of the death of Odessie Gardner; and
 4        WHEREAS,  Odessie  Gardner was born in Butler, Alabama on
 5    February 12, 1917; her parents were Mr. Leroy Harvin and Mrs.
 6    Katie Bruton Harvin; as a tribute to her sister, Dessie Bell,
 7    she was named Odessie, but called by her nickname, Scrap; and
 8        WHEREAS, Odessie Gardner  confessed  her  faith  and  was
 9    baptized  in  the Guildfield Baptist Church in Push-Matta-Ha,
10    Alabama; on the summer of 1933 she moved to East  St.  Louis,
11    Illinois  and  joined  the Southern Mission Baptist Church; a
12    member for 65 years, she served as a member  of  the  chorus,
13    the  Senior  Usher  Board, the Kitchen Committee, the Nurse's
14    Board, was enrolled in Adult Class #1, and was supervisor  of
15    the Junior Usher Board; and
16        WHEREAS,  Odessie  Gardner  attended  public  schools  in
17    Butler,  Alabama  and learned a trade as a seamstress; during
18    World War II she was employed as a  chipper  at  the  Granite
19    City  Steel  Company;  she  later worked as a special machine
20    operator with the Saint Louis Garment District,  retiring  in
21    1979;  upon  her  retirement  she  became  lovingly  known as
22    "Granny" due to her involvement with the  Foster  Grandparent
23    Program;  through  her  work  with the program she received a
24    certificate of appreciation from the President of the  United
25    States; and
26        WHEREAS,  Odessie  Gardner  was  married to Paul Gardner,
27    Jr., who preceded her in death; and
28        WHEREAS, She was a member of the Precinct #21 block  unit
29    from  its origin 22 years ago until the present; she was also
30    a member of the Winstanley Park Improvement Association; and
31        WHEREAS, Odessie Gardner leaves behind her daughters, Ms.
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 1    Doris Robinson and Mrs.  Barbara  Wilson;  her  son,  Antwann
 2    Wilson;  her  grandaughters,  Daphaney,  Renea,  and LaJuania
 3    Wilson,  Mrs.  Angela  Flowers,  Zelphia  Otis,   and   Ardis
 4    Williams;    her   sixteen   great-grandchildren;   her   ten
 5    great-great-grandchildren; her nieces, Mrs. Lessie  (Richard)
 6    Reynolds,  and  Mrs.  Dorene  (Lacy)  McGee;  her nephew, Mr.
 7    Charles (Ethel)  Ruffin;  many  other  nieces,  nephews,  and
 8    cousins;  her  special  cousins,  Mrs.  Naomi Jordan, and Ms.
 9    Willa Mae Bruton; her loyal play son,  Robert  Thompson;  her
10    friends,  Brother  Henry  McKinzey,  and  Brother  and Sister
11    McKinley Rainey;  her  sisters-in-law,  Lorraine  Ezell,  and
12    Rosie  Gardner;  her  church  family,  and  her many friends;
13    therefore, be it
15    OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS,  that  we  mourn,  along  with  her
16    family  and friends, the death of Odessie Gardner of East St.
17    Louis, Illinois; may they find peace and comfort in this time
18    of need; and be it further
19        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
20    presented to the family of Odessie Gardner.

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