Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX


October 26, 2010

Odessa Mae Tanner Sembera

Graveside services for Odessa Mae Tanner Sembera, 89, of Cleburne will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in the Greenacres Mausoleum Chapel. The Rev. Mark Ely will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Westbrook, Archie Gerbine, Bill Vaughn, Chris Mitchell, Greg Santarelli and Steve Murdock.

Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Sembera passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, in Cleburne. She was born March 1, 1921, in Sour Lake to Robert Lynn and Rosina Avanel Finch Tanner. She married Alton Ray Sembera on Feb. 12, 1938, in Bryan.

Odessa was a retired LVN. She was past president of the Cleburne ISD PTA. She was a member of the Mountain Valley and Nolan River Women’s Golf Associations, the Johnson County Iris Society and College Heights Baptist Church.

Odessa is survived by four daughters, Nelda Gerbine and husband, Perry, of Cleburne, Peggy Carper and husband, John, of Rio Vista, Betty Jo Hill and husband, Mitch, of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Mary Tipton and husband, Dennis, of River Oaks; two daughters-in-law, Doris “Dee” Sembera of Houston and Marie Sembera of Coffeyville, Kan.;16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; brother, Albert Tanner and wife, Martha, of Moss Point, Miss.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alton Sembera; three sons, Alton Jr. “Buddy” Sembera, Ervin Sembera and Douglas Sembera; and one grandson, Donnie Kearns.

You may sign guest book, view photo and obituary at

Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home

512 N. Ridgeway Drive

Cleburne, TX 76033


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