My Way began
with my dear and beloved grandmother! She was my life, joy and
inspiration. Odessa, born January 1, 1918 (New Years Day) in
Camden County, NC was the 6th daughter born to Alfred and Addie
Walston. She was the mother of eight children, a homemaker,
pianist, organist, vocalist, designer, seamstress, evangelist,
coordinator, and soooo much more. And to me, she was everything a
Grandmother could be... beautiful, (both inward and out) loving, kind,
caring and unbelievably strong!
She was "Mother" to me because she loved and
raised me as her very own. I feel as though I have inherited many
of her fine qualities and her strong will. She taught me how to be
kind, caring and independent. She was a wonderful mentor to many
people and loved by all. She remains the "center"
of my shining stars.