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Odette Terrel des Chenes, a name,
Appropriate for the Grand Dame
That she was since her noble birth,
And carried it around the earth.
From Russian mother in Gay Paris
To Buenos Aires where she
Acquired languages and such style
And traveled for a youthful while.
An artist deep in soul and heart
She concentrated on her art,
From dishes, boxes and frames
Lovingly playing fine games.
But Palm Beach beckoned with its sun,
Connecticut as well, not just for fun.
A husband knew how he could win
Her over as a Benjamin,
Four children, quickly American born,
Grew up and left her somewhat torn
Between her duties as a wife
And aspirations of her life.
Society called her as well
And Town and Country put the Belle
On pages and promoted her
As icon of those times that were
Filled with celebrity and flair,
Of good times and the high-class air
Jeunesse doree beliefs are made
To last forever, but they fade.
When single life became her fate
she rejected that unwanted state,
And found a kindred soul in Guy,
A French amour who let her be
Herself and showed her full support
And love displayed as if at court.
A gentleman with classy style,
He took her round the world a while
To end up in old Mexico
Where they produced a perfect show
For ex-pats longing for some cues
To take away Latino blues.
Gatekeepers for the Valentines,
Taught their children some French lines
And in the process changed from friend
Becoming family in the end.
With Geena off to study smart,
In San Miguel she played the part
Of mother that just should have been
And showed her how to be a queen
While keeping feet strong on the ground
To live a life that’s strong and sound.
When Guy passed on, she suffered much
But never lost the healing touch
That art and friendship brings to those
Who don’t live life just as a pose,
But live it bravely to fulfill
The yearning dream that always will
Make one the person one should be
And not a memory of “ maybe”.
When health became an issue that
Could leave her on her back and flat
She rose against the storm to fight
And summoned all she had in might,
Yet still proceeded to create
The art that was her constant mate
In Texas, surrounded by family,
Odette became what we’re to be,
A loving memory of times
That were the best, but still she chimes
And will forever in our heart
As one just full of love and art.