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Mrs Oden Martha "Deannie" Janke Erwin
Birth: Jun. 27, 1918
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 6, 2008
McLennan County
Texas, USA

Oden Martha Janke "Deannie" Erwin, 89, of Waco, went home to be with her Lord Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at her residence. Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Lake Shore Drive Church of Christ with Ernie Christie officiating with burial following at Gerald Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the OakCrest Funeral Home.

Deannie was born in Gerald, McLennan County, Texas. She attended the National School of Business in Waco and worked for the Veterans Administration Regional Office and as a secretary in the Baylor Speech and Hearing Clinic until her retirement. She was a past member of Crestview Church of Christ, and a present member of Lake Shore Church of Christ. Deannie was actively involved in her church activities, which included working in the nursery and the benevolent room, participating in a visitation program, working with the World Bible Study program, hosting the widows Christmas dinner and being a Special Sister. She was faithful to her Lord by attending bible class, worship and a Tuesday morning Ladies Bible Class.

Oden lead a diverse and interesting life. Oden Martha Janke married John Henry Erwin on Feb. 19, 1944, in Waco. They celebrated the births of two children, John Wayne and Sharon Joyce. In 1994 John and Oden celebrated 50 years of marriage. As a young mother, Oden was actively involved in the Waco Public School system, Parent-Teacher Association, as a Den Mother/Leader for the Boy Scouts of America and the Blue Bird Girls. When the family became involved in horses, Deannie went on the Cedar Brake Trail Ride, spent nights camping at Charlie Young's Lake and traveled all over Central Texas attending horse shows. Later in life Deannie became a member of the Elm Mott Home Demonstration Club, trained and became a counselor with AARP'S Medicare / Medicaid Assistance Program, and she cooked Meal-on-Wheels. Oil painting was an area where she excelled, creating many beautiful pictures that her family will enjoy for many years. In her lifetime she was blessed to travel with her loving husband extensively across the United States and on cruises. Her love of quotes motivated her to write a book of quotes for each member of her immediate family.

In her golden years Oden wanted to leave a legacy to her family, and she wrote the story of her life. Mrs. Erwin was an accomplished seamstress and carried that talent into quilt making. She loved to cook and have her family's feet under her table. Deannie put immeasurable energy into supporting her children and grandchildren through many stages of their life, with all the activities that each of them chose to pursue. To celebrate her 75th birthday friends and family were asked to write a reflective story in regard to their relationship with Deannie, the tremendous outpouring of the letters proved the special relationship she shared with others throughout her life. Her love of entertaining continued into her late 80s when she still had groups of ladies into her home to play games and spend time together.

After a lifetime of never allowing pets in the home, Deannie became of a lover of "Miss Kitty" and would ask that she be allowed to spend the night so they could share time together and play with Max. Deannie was a very bright light in all our lives; to know her was to love her, and we will cherish her memory. After a lifetime of service dedicated to her family and fellow human beings on earth, Oden is going to be with her Father in heaven.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; five brothers; and two sisters.

Oden "Deannie" is survived by son, John W. Erwin; daughter, Sharon Joyce McNary; grandchildren, Shellie Joyce McNary, Shelia Kay McNary, Sherry Ann McNary, John Walter Erwin, and Emily Margaret Erwin McCann and husband, Jimmy; and precious great-grandsons Joshua McNary and Tyrone McNary; and Margaret Erwin the mother of her grandchildren.

The beautiful gate stood ajar one day and our beloved one slipped through. She wandered away in the fields of God, out of our finite view. Sheltered there in His Wonderful Love, Happy and Gay and Sweet - Blithe spirit, she waits for the glorious dawn. When reunion shall be complete! The years ahead look dreary and long. But looking back we shall see. The way has been but "a watch in the night" from here to eternity. So may we wait with our hand in God's For she holds her hand there too. Till someday the gate swings open again and we can follow her through. Isaiah 40:31

Waco Tribune: 2/7/2008 (M2/TC2)

Family links: 
  Adolph Gustuv Janke (1876 - 1930)
  Hulda Caroline Friedrich Janke (1876 - 1957)
  John Henry Erwin (1912 - 1996)*
  Sharon Joyce Erwin McNary (1950 - ____)*
  Infant Son Janke (1901 - 1901)*
  Roy Edward Janke (1902 - 1986)*
  Loyd A Janke (1905 - 1974)*
  Louis Walter Janke (1908 - 1982)*
  Herbert Carl Janke (1911 - 1981)*
  Agnes Minnie Janke Harris (1913 - 1999)*
  Monroe William Janke (1916 - 1984)*
  Oden Martha Janke Erwin (1918 - 2008)
  Frances Mae Janke Wilshire (1920 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Gerald Cemetery
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section D plot 138
Maintained by: Slick
Originally Created by: Ruth M. Brown
Record added: Feb 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24453734
Mrs Oden Martha Deannie <i>Janke</i> Erwin
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Happy Anniversary today. What a special day to remember you and Dad and Dutch and Celia. Love, Sharon
- Slick
 Added: Feb. 19, 2017

- Old Waco
 Added: Oct. 20, 2016
Dear Mom, Happy Mother's Day to the best woman God ever created. You lived a life of Christian examples for me and the girls to follow. My heart has a hole in it and I will be so glad to see you in heaven. Love, Sharon
- Slick
 Added: May. 8, 2016
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