Obituary: Mary R. Odom


Mary R. Odom, widow of George P. “Maje” Odom, passed away Nov. 10 after a long illness. Odom owned Marydel Farm from 1960 until 1987, and with her husband, campaigned numerous stakes winners such as Orbiter, Waggley, Lachesis and others.

In 1964, she joined with Allaire DuPont and Anna Sasso to develop a Mid-Atlantic nursery, the Maryland Stallion Station. In 1965 the partnership dissolved and Odom continued the project and stood Nail, Sunrise Flight and TV Commercial at the nursery before Eddie Tayler bought the facility in 1968 to make a home for Northern Dancer.

She was an avid golfer, fisherman and gardener. She is survived by four children, two of whom are in the horse business, Van Nardiello, an equine dentist; and horseman Drew Nardiello. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the WGA Caddy Scholarship Fund, founded by her father and Willie Turnesa.

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