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Odessa L. Roots

May 7, 2020



Odessa L. Roots of Washington, DC passed away peacefully at the age of 96 on May 7, 2020, at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home. Odessa was born in Washington, DC in 1924 to Ollie and Mary Roots. She loved people and, in turn, was respected and admired by everyone she came in contact with.  She led an honorable and exemplary life.

She was a devoted mother to her children Perry Roots, Larnetta Carey (Ozelle), Harold Roots (deceased), Deadra Roots (deceased), Jonny Roots (deceased), Tayon "Harry" Whiting, Linda Roots (Reginald), and Van Morris (Reda); and grandmother to eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. 

A private viewing will be held on Thursday, May 14 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at McGuire Funeral Home, 7400 Georgia Ave., NW Washington, DC 20012 with interment at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, MD. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home (  

A celebration of her life will be held at a future date. 


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