On September 23, 2021 Mary Yvonne (Tut) Odoms-Harris a great mother, grandmother and loving friend passed away peacefully at the age of 70. Mary was born in Monroeville Alabama on April 26, 1951 to the late Eva Ann Odoms and late Luzzell Odoms.
Mary grew up in Monroeville Alabama where she attended Rosenwald Elementary School and later came to Boston Massachusetts at 12 years of age. Mary attended Jeremiah E Burke High School for Girls then went on to Wentworth Institute of Technology to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering Technology and became a Certified Welder.
Mary worked as a welder and pile-driver for the General Dynamics Corporation at the Quincy Shipyard for most of her career. She worked on numerous construction sites throughout Massachusetts and helped build the Zakim Bridge. Mary went on to teach as a welding instructor at the Minuteman Lincoln Vocational Tech School. Mary shattered barriers for women and became the first African American female pile driver in Massachusetts.
Mary gave birth to two beautiful heartbeats her daughter Caleetamaria Odoms and son the late Derrick Odoms. Mary loved being a grandmother. She has 3 beautiful grandchildren Thadeus, Vanessa and Cleve (CJ) that she spoiled rotten and adored dearly. They were the loves of her life.
Mary had a passion for reading, teaching, traveling to different countries, church, and God. She was always a beacon of light to whomever met her and always provided advice and care for others. She loved her family and as part of the Language International School (LSI) she loved to host international students in her home and from time to time would travel abroad to visit them. She was an inspiration to all that knew her. Some of her memorable words were, “pray” and “believe in God.” Her smile and laugh were beautiful just like her spirit.
She loved to cook and was always ready to feed anyone that was in need. She was famous for her homemade lasagna and always used fresh vegetables straight from her garden. She was a devoted child of God and served in the church in many ways most of her life, she served on the usher board and lead morning prayer groups. She was an active member of Bethel Baptist church
Mary leaves to cherish her loving memories daughter Caleetamaria Odoms of Boston and three grandchildren Thadeus Frederick , Vanessa Frederick and Cleve (CJ)Frederick all from Boston, her sisters Carolyn (Linda) Odoms-Bastian, brothers Tony M. Odoms of Boston, Massachusetts, Johnny C. (Duke) Odoms of Orlando, Florida, Joel Odoms of Monroeville, Alabama, aunts Virgil Nettles of Daphne, Alabama, sister-in-laws Cynthia Odoms and Frankie Odoms of Boston, Massachusetts, Evelyn (Tina) Odoms of Jacksonville, Florida, brother-in-law Corwin L. Bastian of Boston, Massachusetts, nieces Michelle Evans, Audrey Evans of Boston, Massachusetts and Regina Odoms of Boston, Massachusetts, nephews Marcus C. Eddings of Boston, Massachusetts, Kevin Lockhart of Boston, Massachusetts, Willie (Big Boy) Andrews and a host of other family and friends.
On September 23, 2021, Mary reunited with her late son Derrick Odoms and late mother Eva Ann Odoms, sisters Carmen Cunningham Evans, Ethel O. Eddings and Ora D. Odoms, brothers Tommy Lee (Shorty) Odoms, Charles Shoot and sister-in-law Amelia (Sweetie Pie) Odoms.
She was greatly loved by all and will be truly missed.
“Rest Peacefully in Paradise Ma”
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