Aileen Odom West, age 92, a long-time resident of rural Omaha, Illinois, passed away on January 14, 2022 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Breese. She is preceded in death by her late husband, Max H. West, whom she married on September 17, 1954. Together, they farmed and raised Angus cattle for fifty-three years, until Max’s passing on January 29th of 2008. She was a member of the Cottonwood Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Aileen is survived by one daughter/son-in-law; Donna Allen (Dale) of Carlyle, three sons/daughter in laws; Dennis M. West (Lynn) of Omaha, Dean E. West (Trudy) of Harrisburg and David G. West (Tiffanie) of Bourbonnais. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Aileen was born April 28, 1929 to Earl and Ella (Carlton) Odom of rural Benton. They also precede her in death, along with two sisters, one brother, and their spouses; Earlene Whittington (John), Ruth Smith (Bill), and Thomas Odom (Ernestine). Aileen is also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Ryan and Benjamin West, and two great grandchildren, Kellen and Quinn West. In earlier years, Aileen enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, and Home Bureau Extension. Aileen’s children remember her as a kind, loving, and caring mother, and a devoted helpmate and best friend to their Dad. Donations in Aileen’s memory may be made to the Illinois 4H Foundation. Visitation for Aileen will be held on Monday, January 17th from 11 a.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Ridgway. The Reverend Howard Stearns will be officiating. Burial will follow at Palestine Two Cemetery near Omaha.
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