Willa Mae Odom Cato was born to loving parents, Rev. Willie Odom and Carrie Theus Odom in Minden on Oct. 1, 1929. She was welcomed by her older brother, W.D. Odom.
She began piano lessons from Mr. Emerson at the age of three. Her family did not own a piano, so she drew the keys on a formica table top and diligently practiced; imagining the music as she touched the hand-drawn keys.Subscribe to Read!