Bachelor, Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University, Nashville, 1951.
Elementary teacher, Cincinnati Public Schools, 1954-1984; substitute teacher, Cincinnati Public Schools, 1985-1994; author, public, Tennedo Publications, Cincinnati, since 1992. Supervising teacher Control State College/U. Cincinnati, 1968-1975. Volunteer tutor; storyteller at various schools and day care centers, Cincinnati, since 1993.
Finance secretary New Hope Baptist Church Credit Union, Cincinnati, 1982. Volunteer President's Council for a Drug Free American, Cincinnati, 1986. Public speaker and mistress of ceremonies.
Piano teacher to talented children, since 1994. Member Silverton Neighborhood Club (secretary 1987), Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, Zeta Society Public Authors, Zeta Phi Beta.
Married Edward A. Oden, April 16, 1961.