Odell Estell (Purcella) Nowell


img_20150124_194731Mostly known in Pagosa as the owner of Purcella Cleaners, Odell was born on Feb. 3, 1915, in Caddo Gap, Ark. and moved to Pagosa in 1949.  She owned and operated the cleaners from 1955-1977 when she retired but ended up managing the cleaners for another 7 years.

Odell was an active member of the community and a dedicated Rebekah Sister with the IOOF since 1957.  She loved fishing in the local lakes and rivers and hunting in the mountains around the area.  She moved to the Denver area in 1994.

Odell passed quietly and easily in her home in Lakewood, Colo., on Oct. 10, 2016, with her daughter present.  She has been preceded in death by her mother, father, two brothers and three sisters, sons Eston Voss and Dwain Voss.  She is survived by her daughter, Leailia (Purcella) Bartleson; grandson, Darrin O’Connor; three great-granddaughters; two nieces; and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 17 at Crossroads Christian Fellowship in Pagosa Springs at 11 a.m.

Memorial services will be held in Lakewood on Oct. 23.