Odette F. (Massena) Salyers

November 29, 1928 ‒ May 24, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Look up optimism in the dictionary and you would see a picture of Odette. Even though she lived through the occupation of France, she had the fortitude to always have a smile on her face.

Odette F. (Massena) Salyers peacefully passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018 in her home surrounded by family. She was 89.

She was born November 29, 1928 to parents Victor & Isabelle (Angelini) Massena in Nice, France. A war bride during WWII, she married Troy R. Salyers on April 20, 1946 and they shared 50 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 1997. Now they are together again.

Odette worked as a district manager for Sarah Coventry Jewelry, as well as for Reed’s department store in sales. She was a member of PEO and a past president of Morchester Association.

Nothing was more important to Odette than her family. She would always put family first; the character she displayed to them was one that young ones in the family would try to emulate. She was proud of her family and passed on her love for her French heritage to them.

She is survived by sons Troy & Connie Salyers of Westerville and Charles & Kathi Salyers of Dayton; daughters Michelle Herrick Badger of Mansfield and Diane & John Brown of Mansfield; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister Suzette Hayworth as well as numerous extended family.

In addition to her loving husband Troy, she was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter Sandra Salyers; and sister Lillie Dariste.

The Salyers family will receive friends Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 12 ~ 2 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring Odette’s life will begin immediately at 2 p.m. Pastor Jim Berry will speak. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Odette’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Toutes nos pensées vous accompagnent. affectueusement.

    All our thoughts are with you. fondly

  • I worked with Odette many years ago in Sarah Coventry. She was a very sweet lady. Please accept my condolences. Bertha Frazier

  • Very sorry for the whole family, she was Avery nice person always caring for her family and friends. She sent me a letter when my mother passed away, I was so grateful.

  • I have so many fond memories of the 10 years I sold Sarah Coventry Jewelry for you mom! She was a wonderful, kind, loving person. (I also have great memories of Troy whenever he would happen to be around for a meeting – he was so much fun and always loved to tease us gals!) Odette will be missed by many who’s lives she touched.

  • Dearest Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Odette’s passing. Having spent much of my “growing up” years at her home with Michelle and Diane being among my closest friends, I, too, remember Odette as the ultimate optimist no matter what she might have faced. She was beautiful, inside and out; so welcoming, hospitable, compassionate and loving. I see her big blue eyes and unforgettable smile when I think of her. She was a force of nature with an energy level that challenged most anyone. I loved her French flair (which made her extra special in my eyes) and admired how she used it in her work, personal style and everyday life. My mother, father and brother loved her, too — I think we were all a little in awe of this lovely lady.

    To share a fond memory… Odette made the best tuna salad (the French way) one day for me at her home. I loved it — so she taught me how to make it — which I still make to this day and think of her every time I do. I have passed her recipe along to my grandchildren — along with a story about this fabulous French lady I knew years ago.

    Odette’s presence made this world a much better place. I think she was amazing and she will always have a special place in my heart. My prayers and sympathy are with all of you at this time of loss. But the precious memories of Odette are ours to keep — to be cherished by all of us who were blessed to have known this incredible woman. Thank you, Odette, for just being you — your light will continue to shine… may God bless and keep you in His care.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Odette’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.