Obituary of Muriel Oddan
ODDAN: Muriel Oddan passed away at the Continuing Care Home in Vermilion, Alberta on December 31, 2021 at the age of 90 years.
Muriel was born November 15, 1931 in Old Glossip, Derbyshire, England to Martha and Henry Hibberd. She was the eldest of four siblings. Muriel obtained her Registered Nursing certification at the Booth Hall Sick Children’s hospital in Manchester and at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, England. She also completed her Midwifery Certificate while working in London.
In the late 1950’s Muriel travelled to Montreal, Quebec on a nursing exchange. After several months in Montreal, she travelled west to Saskatchewan to visit her Auntie Anne & cousin Lola and work at the Lloydminster Hospital. Her sister Joyce soon followed from the UK and also worked as a nurse at the Lloyd hospital.
In 1960 Muriel married Glen Oddan of Marshall, Sask. They were blessed with five children. Muriel soon became a fulltime mother and farmer. She kept busy helping Glen with the grain and cattle operation and running the children to school, skating & swimming lessons. She was active in the National Farmers Union and the Marshall Library board.
Muriel was an avid reader. She enjoyed playing piano, singing, playing scrabble and doing crosswords. Over the years Muriel traveled back to England several times and her parents often travelled to Canada. Muriel and Glen loved to travel with the family on holidays.
Muriel and Glen had nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She loved caring for her young grandkids – reading to them and spending time with them in her garden.
In 2003 Muriel and Glen moved off the farm to Padua Place in Lloydminster. After Glen passed away in 2007, Muriel continued to live at Padua Place until 2019. Muriel loved Padua and enjoyed the people and activities there. She attended aquacise three times a week with her sister Joyce and cousin Lola. Lola started the “Cranberry Cuties” chapter of the Red Hat society with the aquacise ladies. Muriel loved the Red Hat ladies and together they had many activities, lunches and various field trips. The Red Hat ladies have a special place in Muriel’s heart; they were truly wonderful caring friends to her.
In December, 2019 Muriel moved to Vermilion Valley Lodge, and then in August, 2020 to the Vermilion Continuing Care Home.
Muriel is survived by her children: Margaret (Gordon) Bleakley, Sundre AB; Susan (Harvey) Payne, Lloydminster AB; Diane (Doug) Sproull, Lloydminster AB; David (Rita) Oddan, Vermilion AB; Graham (Heather) Oddan, Vermilion AB: Her grandchildren: Ronald (Colette) Bleakley, Alhambra AB; Dawn Bleakley, Red Deer AB; Alex (Jay) Clark, Sherwood Park AB; Neal Payne (Sophie), Cambridge UK; Heather Sproull, Edmonton AB; David Sproull (Taylor), Stony Plain AB; Kamryn, Robbie and Jake Oddan, Vermilion AB: Great grandchildren: Rory Ouellette; Madison and Hudson Bleakley; Nash and Grey Clark
Muriel was predeceased by: her Husband Glen Oddan, parents Henry and Martha Hibberd, brother Brian Hibberd, sister Margaret Knight and husband Ernest, and Sister Joyce Jarrett.
MURIEL’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Celebration of life will be conducted from First Lutheran Church, Lloydminster Alberta on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 1:00 PM.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., Lloydminster, Alberta will administer the Celebration of Life arrangements.
Donations in memory of Muriel may be made to Heart and Stroke foundation.
CARD OF THANKS ~
Muriel’s family would like to thank the staff at the Vermilion Continuing Care Home in Vermilion, Dr. Al-Shalchi at the Midwest Medical Center in Vermilion and all those that showed their support. The family would also like to thank McCaw Funeral Service for their compassion, support and professionalism in our time of need.
Muriel's memorial card can be viewed or downloaded from the link below.