Opal May Justus, 94, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at The Gardens Care Center in Rigby.
She was born Sept. 12, 1919, in Sutton, Neb., to Lloid and Ida Pauline Trieber Corey. She moved to Black- foot when she was just 2 months old, and lived her entire life in the area. Opal attended school in Blackfoot and graduated in 1937, the first class of Blackfoot High School, which was then located on Shilling Street and currently serves as the Sixth Grade Center.
She married Homer C. Brown in February 1938; they had four children and made their home in Blackfoot. After they divorced, in 1956, she married Claude Justus; he precedes her in death.
Opal worked as one of the first cooks at Stan's Restaurant on Highway 91 when they opened. She also worked as a cook at the Wagon Wheel for many years, retiring in 1975. After retirement, she enjoyed wintering in Arizona with her husband.
Opal loved baseball, fishing, hunting and just being outdoors. She was an avid knitter and took home numerous "Best of Show" awards at the Eastern Idaho State Fair with her different knitted items. She loved traveling with her family when and wherever they wanted to go. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her four children, Nancy Brown of Thompson Falls, Mont., Joe (Bonnie) Brown of Terreton, Connie (Darrell) Tabor of Moreland and Hank (Vickie) Brown of Groveland; 18 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph Dean Ward; and her brother, Lawrence Corey.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 1, and Monday for one hour prior to services, both times at the funeral home. Interment will be in Grove City Cemetery.
Published in Post Register on Feb. 1, 2014