dōd McGarvey 1929-2020

Thursday, July 23, 2020
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Dolores Vionne Oder was born 91 years ago to farmers, Glen and Lucile Oder in Glencoe, North Dakota.   
Dolores and best friend, Roberta, disliking their first names, became dōd and Ferdi for the rest of their lives.
After graduating from Jamestown College, dōd married Bill McGarvey. Adventure called after son Tim was born and off went the McGarvey’s to Santa Cruz, California.  
Besides a year teaching in Milan, Italy and exploring Europe, dōd and Bill taught many grades, many years and many subjects in Watsonville where they had a lovely home and acres of gardens and orchards with a Valley View and the glimmer of the Pacific in the distance.
dōd and first-daughter-in-law, Ruby, met in 1980 and became fast friends. The good ol’ days were filled with shenanigans of drinking, smoking, traveling without the menfolk and much laughter
Early retirement and the promise of a grandchild, moved dōd and Bill to Lake Tahoe in 1984. After grandson Levi and parents moved to Kauai, the McGarveys discovered Red Lodge, Montana. When dōd and Bill weren’t enjoying island visits, Bill skied and dōd took on the challenge of gardening at 6,000 feet and won awards for her efforts. dōd was known as one of the infamous ‘Antique Gardeners’ around the library and one of the founders of ‘The Heretics’ Bookclub. At 91 she was still dabbling in watercolors and acrylics.
First daughter-in-law, Ruby, moved to Red Lodge in 2009 to enjoy mountain adventures with the McGarveys.  Bill died in 2011; married to dōd for 66 years.
In 2017, dōd packed up Luna and Stella and followed Ruby to Louisville Kentucky. Once settled, dōd filled in as the “Queen Elder” when there were openings for mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  
Throughout her life, dōd’s greatest source of happiness were her “4-leggeds” - childhood lambs, cats and many, many dogs ...Bear, Woofer, Moses, Koko and Chinook to name a few. dōd never met a dog she didn’t like or fear....always greeted with “sweet puppy”
dōd’s quick wit and easy laugh will be missed by many friends and relatives across the US. Her ashes will join Bill’s in Glencoe Cemetery in North Dakota.

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