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Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

Ara O’Laura (Damron) Ogden, age 96, of Vandalia, passed away at 1:12 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at her home in Vandalia.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. until service time at the Vandalia United Methodist Church.
Services will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Vandalia United Methodist Church
Officiating will be the Rev. Helen McFarland.
Music will be provided by Shelly Dillion – soloist; Carol Kohl – pianist.
Interment of her cremains will take place at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers are James Culver, Michael Ogden, Justin Bauman, Don Hoover, Zachary Culver, and Alex Culver.
Ara O’Laura (Damron) Ogden was born on August 15, 1918 in rural Whiteside, Missouri, the daughter of Edward Meriwether and Georgie Vesta (Davis) Damron.
She was married to Preston Cottle Ogden on January 29, 1942 in Phoenix, Arizona; he preceded her in death on March 6, 2007. She grew up in the Whiteside area and was a 1936 Elsberry High School graduate. After her marriage to Cottle, they moved to Vandalia where she and her husband owned and operated several businesses in Vandalia. They owned the slaughter house and Ogden Locker for many years. They also had an ice business and ran the Freeze and Snack in town for several years. They last had Oggie’s Place at the west edge of town for seven years before retiring.
Ara loved her country and was a 69-year member of the Vandalia VFW Post 2173 Ladies Auxiliary.
She was a very active member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church where she had been a member of the ladies circle and always was baking and cooking for different church events.
She enjoyed sewing, refinishing furniture, antiques and making candles for the church bazaar.
Survivors include one daughter Cheryl O. Culver, of Summerfield, Illinois; one brother Melville M. Damron, of Lubbock, Texas; three grandchildren, Melissa Smith and husband David, of Memphis, Missouri; James P. Culver and wife Rhonda, of Vandalia; Michael D. Ogden, of Vandalia; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cottle; son, Phillip M. Ogden; three brothers, Norman Richard Damron, George D. Damron, and Garrett E. Damron; one sister, Lillian A. Eddy.
Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church.