Odetta D. Leff, 74, of rural Altona, died Friday, April 1, 2016, at Heartland Health Care Center, Galesburg. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 5th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Rev. David Pyell will officiate. Burial will be in the Bishop Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Honor Flight or a charity of the donor's choice.
Odetta Dee Downing was born May 14, 1941 in Geneseo, the daughter of Ernest and Cleone Loding Downing. She attended Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High Schools in 1959. Her marriage to William A. Leff took place on September 8, 1966 in Beardstown, Illinois. He passed away on May 20, 2009. Odetta worked as a bookkeeper at Rishel and Son Implement in Cambridge and later at the Peoples National Bank of Cambridge. She then helped her husband with their farming operation. Her hobbies included cooking, mowing the yard, and reading.
Those surviving are three sisters-in-law, Jeane Downing, Cambridge, Lauretta (Robert) Nordstrom, Bishop Hill, Patricia Emmerson, Galva, two nephews and their wives, Zane and Crista Downing, Cambridge, Larry and Teri Nordstrom, Galva, a niece, Sue Weimer, Bettendorf, a grand nephew, grand nieces, and cousins. Her parents, her husband, and a brother, Dennis Downing, preceded her in death.