Carol Fumie Odo

Posted On May 8th, 2011 -


69, passed away April 25, 2011. Linguist, educator, political candidate, businesswoman, program manager, administrator, Carol led her life as a quiet but strong and effective individual. Her friends say she always had a disdain for the status quo and always wanted to make the world better. Carol was fearless, loved just being herself and doing things her way. She has had a deep, never ending effect on the lives of her closest friends, Margo Harris of Charleston, South Carolina, Janet Swift and Carol Kleppin of Kaaawa.

She leaves behind her beloved mother Betty, brothers Franklin and Alan, nieces, nephews and a large ohana of extended family, friends and associates she has worked and played with over the years and throughout the world.

Carol’s interests were as diverse as her attention to detail in her work was passionate. Doing things right paid off in her professional and personal life and inspired her friends to emulate her successes.

An informal celebration of Carol’s life will be held Saturday May 14, 2011 at Carol’s home at 12 noon. Please RSVP to

Donations in celebration of Carol’s life may be mailed to the Gloria Kekukahiko Silvira Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 605, Kaaawa, Hawaii 96730. They will be apportioned among the non-profit agencies Carol supported.

Special thanks in caring for Carol during her final years to St. Francis Hospice nurses Donna Sultzer and Jamie Fukui-Chang, and to Elizabeth (“Liz”) Buckingham, renaissance woman and new friend for Carol during her final days. Thanks to nephew Jonathan and spouse Christa for spending time helping immediate family and friends cope with this unanticipated crisis.

All who worked with Carol during this difficult but special time in her life have commented on Carol’s kind nature and on how much they have learned and experienced sharing this time with her.

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