Denise L (Eldred) O'Dea

July 18, 1952 ~ July 28, 2020 (age 68)


On Tuesday, July 28th, our beloved Denise Lynn O’Dea passed away in Binghamton, NY from COVID-19 and complications from a 36-yr courageous battle with cancer. She was born July, 18, 1952 and raised in Hawleyton, NY.  Denise’s positive spirit and kind heart made those who knew her feel treasured and loved. Through her actions she taught the importance of family, friends, laughter, kindness, patience, compassion, and love. Denise devoted a 36-yr career of civil service to working with disabled adults in the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. She was an adventurous, inquisitive, life-long learner who lived to experience life and create positive memories. She enjoyed creating art, gardening, traveling, and reading. As grandmother, she delighted in taking holidays and long visits with her grown children and grandchildren. All who had the pleasure of knowing Denise know that life will never be the same without her, but the gift of her presence in our lives will forever remind us to love and live life to its fullest. She will be lovingly remembered by husband and best friend of 43 years, Kevin O’Dea; son and daughter-in-law Justin O’Dea and Lisa Bullard; daughter and son-in-law Heather and Chip Peoples; grandchildren Ember and Aidan Bullard-O’Dea and Kieran Peoples; brother and sister-in-law Doug and Joanne Eldred; sister and brother-in-law Maureen and Joe Schmitt; cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins; friends of her children she loved as her own; and her many friends. Denise is predeceased by her parents Henry and Arlene Eldred; mother and father-in-law, Millie and Jim O’Dea; and brother-in-law, Jimmy O’Dea. Due to our wish for all to stay safe and healthy during this time, an in-person service will be announced at a later date. Please visit her memorial page at to share memories and find more information.

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