Lily Odell (née May) was born 17 Octobr 1871 in Clapham, London the daughter of Richard William May (1832-187) and Susan Ellen Mann (1833-1913). His father had risen from being a porter to becoming a successful fishmonger at Billingsgate fish market.
She had six siblings: Richard William May (1858–1938), Philip Charles May (1859–1900), Walter Moss May (1861–1893), Stanley James May (1866–1946), Susan Amy May (1868–1950), and Fred May (1872–1936).She boarded the Titanic at Southampton for the short journey to Queenstown Ireland, together with her son Jack, her sister-in-law Kate and brothers Richard May and Stanley May. Her husband Herbert Odell had bought a ticket for six passengers at a cost of £24. But in the end, he was unable to join the party.
Lily and the family left the Titanic at Queenstown.
Lily Odell was widowed on 13 February 1947 and she died in 1966 at the age of 95.