From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Shade, Mary B. Odens

(born: March 7, 1914  -  died: September 14, 1996) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

January 12, 1943

Awards & Decorations

Mary B. Odens Shade was born in Gadsden, AL, the daughter of Mary Daniels and George Odens. Mary B. Shade was living in Louisville, KY when she enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases.

After her military service, Mary Shade last lived in Buffalo, NY, where she died in 1996. She is buried in Bath National Cemetery in Bath, NY.  

Sources: Social Security Death Index in Ancestry; Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry); U.S. Veterans' Gravesites in Ancestry; and Mary B. Shade at Find A Grave.

Kentucky County & Region

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Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Shade, Mary B. Odens,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 20, 2023,

Last modified: 2023-03-06 17:29:54