Gardening 06

Nancy Oden

September 15, 1954 ~ May 10, 2020 (age 65)


On May 3, 2020 Nancy Lynn Oden passed away peacefully from natural causes at her home. She was born in High Point, North Carolina on September 15, 1954. She is preceded in death by her parents, David and Bette Oden of High Point and her lifetime partner/soul mate, Peter Seiler. She is survived by her sister, Dianne Oden King and nephew, Reid King of Greensboro; cousins, Robert Freeston and Elen Freeston of New York; and John Oden of South Carolina.

With a nod to Nancy in heaven, let it be said that Nancy was nothing if not unique. From a young child, it was obvious that this little girl was going to be a rebel without a cause. 

Nancy graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Parks & Recreation. She always said that she chose this major, not because of plentiful job opportunities at the time or money to be made in the profession, but because she believed it would afford her the most personal freedom while being able to pursue her passion for the outdoors during work hours. 

After graduation from ECU, Nancy took off across the country in her van, ready for whatever adventures might come her way with only her dog for company. Some months later, just in time for her only nephew’s appearance into the world, Nancy returned to North Carolina. She soon chose a job in the interior landscaping business and the rest is history. She was employed by Plants & Answers for many years and recently by Rolling Greens. She also established her own plant business, Innerscapes Tropical Interiors. 

Nancy was a lifelong avid seeker of spiritual truths. Her kind, fun-loving, and generous spirit were apparent to all who knew her. She had a hearty and contagious laugh that could rock the room and a sense of humor that was the same. Annual two-week family trips to the beach each year left her with a love of the coast but she was equally fond of the mountains. Nancy loved all things nature, especially animals. After getting on a horse at four years old and falling in love, she  finally had horses of her own as an adult. But more than anything else, she loved the many cats she had throughout her lifetime. She was a warrior spirit with disdain for authority of any kind, yet would give anyone the shirt off her back if they were in need. Her sister wishes to thank Vandorn Hinnant, Tracy Peck, and Gerald Shean for being such good, longtime friends to her as well as Judy Molodet at Rolling Greens. Ervin Leonard from Otto, North Carolina held a special place in her heart as well. Neither of them ever forgot their years at ECU together and Nancy was joyful about becoming reacquainted with him a few months before her passing.

Nancy: Reid and I will hold on to a lifetime of memories that time cannot dim. I will love you forever, Suedeline. Until we meet again ...

There will be a Celebration of Life some time in the future.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Triad Cremation & Funeral Service of Greensboro, NC.

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