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Odessa Maye Bagwell Ray

Odessa Maye Bagwell Ray, 96, of Howardwick, Texas on March 6, 2023.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Clarendon Church of Christ in Clarendon, Texas, with Landon William Rowell officiating. Burial will be at Claude Cemetery in Claude, Texas. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Odessa was born on August 30, 1926, in Pampa Texas to Hattie Lee Stroope-Tillman and Horace Greeley Tillman. Her father passed away when she was 8 years old. Her family then moved to Groom, Texas and Panhandle, Texas, where she lived for 10 years. She graduated from Groom High School in 1945. Odessa attended church at Panhandle Church of Christ for 10 years and was baptized there at the age of 12. The Stamps family would take them to church, and she will always be thankful to them for that.

Odessa married Hulon Bascomb (Slim) Bagwell on October 2, 1946, in Liberal, Kansas. They lived in Guymon, Oklahoma on the Hitch Ranch. Then they moved to Amarillo in 1949, where they lived in the same house for 50 years. Their family attended South Side/West Church of Christ for 39 years, and then San Jacinto Church of Christ for approximately 10 years. Odessa then became a member of Clarendon Church of Christ where she attended for 20 plus years.

Slim and Odessa were friends with Maurice and Margie for over 50 years. After the loss of both of their spouses, Odessa married Maurice Earl Ray on September 16, 2004. After the two married, Odessa moved to Clarendon full-time.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Hulon Bascomb (Slim) Bagwell, on September 1, 2003; second husband, Maurice Earl Ray, on December 1, 2007; and daughter, Ellen L. Rowell, on March 3, 2022.

She is survived by her children, Linda Ka Pankey and husband Jerry, Henry Bagwell and wife Amy; son-in-law, George Rowell; grandchildren, Shay Myers and husband Brian, of Howardwick, Texas, Pamala Connot and husband Tanner, of China Spring, Texas, Landon Rowell and wife Kristin, of Ramona, Oklahoma, Daylon Rowell and wife Monica, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Chyenne Myers, Alexis Walker, Shane Duck, Ashlyn Rowell, Braden Rowell, Austin Rowell, Walker Rowell, and Kennedy Rowell; two nieces, Sherry Etheridge and Vicki Young; honorary children, Rachel White and Linda Miller; and honorary great-grandchildren, Hannah West, Tabitha Hoadley, Lance Miller, and Evelyn West.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2023, at the funeral home.
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