Jun 4, 2013
We met Opal Bents through my wifes passion for Geneology. We visited her in Dumont around 2003. We were so impressed with her abilities at her age, and for all she had done for her community as a volunteer. We kept in touch with her and will miss her. She is in a good place now with her lord. My Mother N. Ellen Griffin and Opal played togeather as children near Elmer, Missouri. Her parents were Israel and Nancy Wood. The letter we received from Glenna I believe was a wonderful tribute to Opal.....
Opal was my father's first cousin, though they never met. That made us first cousins once removed; considered quite close in genealogical circles. We got acquainted in 1999 and I visited several times. Most notable was the week Opal and Glenna and I spent putting together the Wood book, in 2009. We had a lovely time, got a lot accomplished, and took a picture of Opal with the oil lamp she inherited from her grandparents. My favorite vision from that week is of Opal CROUCHING under the table to retrieve something...she was a very spry 97 years young!! She loved to talk about the family history and could tell stories from her person experience that dated back to before the Great Depression! I saw her as my Wood family matriarch and feel privileged to have known her. Pam Saba
I was so very sad to hear of Opal's passing. She was such a dear, sweet lady and I will never forget her! In my office, I have her picture on my wall and her thank you cards on my bulletin board...truly near and dear to my heart!! I hope everyone is doing as well as possible during this difficult time and certainly hope that all of the wonderful memories of Opal bring you and yours comfort. Take care! Barb Weigel
Your family is in my prayers. From the stories I heard it seems that Opal lived a long beautiful life and was able to share it with many people especially with her family. May God be with you at this time.
Although I didn't directly work with Opal, I know that she took her volunteerism very seriously. I recall my mother always telling about Opal who was organizing the Meals for the elderly in town. Her dedication to this service will be greatly missed. One can learn a great deal from following in her footsteps.