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Gabbard, Denoda "Dody" Lea

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December 5, 1954 - September 2, 2018

Gabbard, Denoda "Dody" Lea

Denoda “Dody” Lea Gabbard went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018. She was born on December 5th, 1954 in Sault St. Marie, Michigan to Phyllis Jean Chandler Gabbard and Merle Donald Gabbard. She was preceded in death by her father. Dody is survived by her mother; Phyllis Jean Odneal. She was the eldest of five children and is survived by her brothers and sisters; Denise (Brian) Manson, Dane (Jacqueline) Perryman, Hope Perryman and Duane (Patty) Perryman. Dody was a wonderful big sister and a loving aunt. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Denoda Hart-Martin, James McCain, Cami Sprowl Jones, Josh Balsley, Lauren Perryman, Tyler Perryman and great-nephew Blake (Bryse) Martin, great-niece Ally Martin, two aunts and numerous cousins.

Dody was a Registered Nurse for 30+ years. She was known as “the singing nurse” and was admired in her profession. She worked as an OR nurse and as a coordinator in an IVF treatment program. In addition to a passionate career, Dody was an avid gardener, a true crafter of many art forms and a world traveler.

Dody’s presence will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Her ashes will be buried at Greenlawn Cemetary in Frankfurt, Ohio in the Spring of 2019. There will not be a memorial service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to VITAS Hospice in Dallas, Texas either online at or make checks payable to VITAS Community Connection to 14651 N. Dallas Pkwy Suite 812 Dallas, TX 75254 or by calling 214-424-5600.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Hope Perryman

January 15, 2019 4:55PM

Missing you so much my beautiful sister. Still seems so unreal. Heartbroken.

Shannon Rucker

September 13, 2018 1:44AM

Miss your sweet voice my friend....Heaven has definitely gained a singing angel.....Rest Easy Dody

Hope Perryman

September 11, 2018 12:11PM

Oh my sweet sister....I’ll miss you every single day until we see each other again. You were a wonderful big sister and an awesome aunt to my kiddos. We are truly blessed to have had you in our lives and call you our own. Singing with the angels, I’m sure of it. I love you honey. xoxo. Hope

Sherri Farrell

September 11, 2018 8:45AM

Heartfelt condolences to your whole family on the sudden loss of Dody. Bet she's in Angel Training Boot Camp right now! Or maybe leading it! May Love and God's Grace envelope you all!

Sherri Farrell

September 11, 2018 8:43AM

Heartfelt condolences to your whole family on the sudden loss of Dody. Bet she's in Angel training

Keith Carpenter

September 10, 2018 8:47PM

Love you very much cuz. Will miss you so much.

Barbara Carpenter

September 10, 2018 8:19PM

The earth has lost, but heaven gained a beautiful soul. Rest easy Cuz. Love you.
My prayers and love go out for the whole family. Love you all.

Dealva A Stang

September 10, 2018 8:18PM

Good Bye my friend. See you in Heaven.