Opal Ann Parks, 84, of New Paris, went to her heavenly home on Jan. 12, 2013 at Vancrest Health Care Center in Eaton.
Born on Nov. 27, 1928 in Preble County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph D. & Jessie L. (Caldwell) Steele. She was a 1946 Jefferson High School graduate, former employee of Top Value store in Richmond, sold for Avon products, member Delta Theta Tau sorority, Red Hat Ladies of New Paris, active in the St Paul United Methodist Church in New Paris, and the First Baptist Church and the Christ United Church both of Richmond, Indiana.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Elmer Vernon Parks in 2005, daughter, Linda L. Smith in 2012, brother, Richard L. Steele in 1962.
She is survived by her children, Jana Jo Parks of Rupert, Idaho and Terry Vernon Parks of Eaton, sisters, Pat Davis and Linda Tangeman both of Richmond, Indiana, brother, Lowell T. "Toad" Steele of New Paris; grandchildren, Kurt, Kara, & Jared Beisner, Shawn, Lucas & Joey Parks, Jessica & Jana Smith; nine great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1 p.m. at Barnes Funeral Home, 109 West Main Street, New Paris, with Pastor Brett Karanovich officiating. Interment will be in Spring Lawn Cemetery at New Paris. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the National Trail Alumni Association, c/o Gail Keller, 6940 Oxford Gettysburg Road, New Paris, OH 45347. Condolences may be sent to the family via the web site at www.barnesfuneralhome.com.