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Odessia Jane “Romans” Wheeler, 82 of West Plains, Missouri, passed away November 25, 2022, surrounded by loved ones in her home. Odessia was born February 2, 1940, to Hurvil and Dorothy “Redburn” Romans.

  Odessia was a nurse’s aid for many years at Omc Hospital in West Plains, Missouri. She loved helping people and never knew a stranger. Odessia cherished her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

  Odessia was of the Pentecostal faith.

  She is survived by seven children Ronny (Marybeth) Wheeler, Don Wheeler, James (Mary Ann) Wheeler, Steve Wheeler, Linda (Joe) Driscoll, Jerri Lea Watkins and Terry (Summer) Watkins; two brothers Charles (Debbie) Romans and Virgil (Cyndi) Romans; one sister Rebeccah Hundley; twelve grandkids and 23 great-grandkids.

  She is preceded in death by her husband Aone Wheeler; parents Hurvil and Dorothy Romans; and one brother Leonard Romans.

Funeral services for Odessia Wheeler will be Tuesday November 29, 2022, 10:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains, Missouri.

  Visitation will be Monday November 28, 2022, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains, Missouri.

  Interment will follow the Funeral service at Howell Valley Cemetery in West Plains, Missouri. Under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. West Plains, Missouri.



  1. Mark S. Ford
    November 26, 2022 @ 5:28 pm

    Extending my sincerest condolences to you Linda & Joe along with the rest of your family in regards to the passing of your momma, May GOD give you peace & comfort. Mark S. Ford

  2. Melinda (Burgess) King
    November 27, 2022 @ 8:02 pm

    So very sorry to hear this news. My deepest sympathy. Just imagine her Heavenly reunion, let it bring a smile to your faces and soothe your hurting hearts.

  3. Connie Lentz
    November 27, 2022 @ 10:56 pm

    From Odessia’s family in California and Washington. We were saddened to hear of her passing, some of us have been connecting with her on Facebook off and on for the last few years. She was always an upbeat and positive person. She is resting in God’s loving arms now and watching over her family from heaven. We will all meet again one day in God’s Heavenly Home and what a glorious reunion it will be. Our prayers and love go out to you all ?❤️ Connie Lentz (The Nellie (Romans) Melton Family)

  4. Randall and Teresa (Eldringhoff) Romans
    November 28, 2022 @ 6:04 pm

    James and family, please accept our sincere condolences. You are in our prayers.

  5. Dwayne & Melva Johnson
    November 29, 2022 @ 9:10 am

    Linda, Joe, and family: We are so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. We just heard last night , and apologize that we couldn’t make it to the visitation or service. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all!
    Dwayne & Melva

  6. Debra Shannon Pettit
    November 29, 2022 @ 3:26 pm

    I worked with Odessa at WP Memorial Hospital/OMC in the 80’s and 90’s. I always remember her being such a joyful and caring person. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  7. Margie (wilson) rogers
    November 29, 2022 @ 6:50 pm

    I’m so sorry for u folks lose of miss Odessa my prayers ate with u all

  8. Colleen Hensley
    December 1, 2022 @ 12:05 pm

    I have fond memories working with Odessa. My sympathies are extended to the entire family.