|Birth: ||May 22, 1924|
|Death: ||Nov. 22, 2009|
Irma was born May 22, 1924 to Ernest Caleb Odle and Alice May (Putnam) Odle at her parents' home in Ponca Nebraska. Since her mother's doctor was out of town at the time, Sara Gilmer, a single lady & a midwife, brought her into the world.
She was a charter member of the Ponca Evangelical Free Church and held many offices in the church and Sunday school. She and her husband were active in the youth ministry and many of the youth became full time Christian workers and are active in church ministry today. She attended all 12 grades in Ponca Schools and was graduated in 1941. After high school she worked for a short time for Kingsbury and Kingsbury as a legal secretary and at the Ponca Public Power District.
Later she went to Wheaton College and while in Wheaton, IL she worked for Dr John R Rice, an evangelist. After returning to Ponca, she worked in her dad's trucking office and bought a truck of her own which she ran with her dad's fleet. She also worked for John E Newton, County Attorney.
In 1947, she married Merle Foulks and moved to a farm west of Ponca. They had three children, Janice Kay, Nancy May and Caleb Merle. In 1955 they moved to Ponca and Merle worked in Sioux City. In 1957, Irma was elected Dixon County Clerk of District Court. She was re-elected 4 terms, serving 32 years.
For many years she was a correspondent for the Sioux City Journal and often took one of her grandkids along for interviews – making memories. Rachel Foulks remembers going to Hartington to interview a bee keeper. The Sunday the pastor called the worker bees "he" she knew he was wrong. Sarah Foulks liked to see the expression on her friends' faces when she told them she helped interview Harry Hart, nephew of Al Capone and the son of 2-gun Hart. Aaron Armstrong was interested in the 100 year old Wakefield man who lived alone and showed his many antiques. Alan Armstrong and Michelle Foster helped with pictures; Alan at a HazMat firemen's meeting in Dakota City and Michelle at a dairy farm near Wakefield. After the interviews she usually took them to lunch at a café. They enjoyed the one – on – one time together.
Merle and Irma took many trips across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She usually wrote a poem about the places they visited and the people with whom they traveled. She made copies for each of her fellow–travelers.
Survivors include her husband, Merle and her children and their spouses: Janice and Phil Foster; Nancy and Curtis Armstrong and Caleb and Beth (Schram) Foulks; Her grandchildren: Michelle Foster, Andrew Foster and his wife Charlotte, Alan and Aaron Armstrong and Sarah and Rachel Foulks, and two great grandchildren, Jonathan and David Foster; her sister-in-law, Velma Watchorn and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Edward and Betty Watchorn, and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Ernest and Alice Odle and a brother-in-law, Glen Watchorn.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Michelle and Andrew Foster; Alan and Aaron Armstrong and Sarah and Rachel Foulks.
Ernest Caleb Odle (1896 - 1954)
Alice Mary Putnam Odle (1892 - 1981)
Silver Ridge Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 15, 2010
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