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Opal Mack


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Opal Mack Obituary
Opal Mack was born June 28, 1918, in Alamogordo and passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Annie Brown, of Alamogordo; her husband, Fred Mack; and her granddaughter Kierstin Carrington, aka Klu Cordova.
She leaves her son William Mack, who will be relocating his business, New Mexico Art Glass Center, to Tucson, Ariz.; and her daughter Cha Rnacircle, an artist and gallery owner in Green Valley, Ariz.
Martin "Shorty" Brown, of Alamogordo, is her last remaining brother. She had 11 brothers and sisters.
She graduated from nursing college in 1941 and worked as a nurse at Gerald Champion Memorial Hospital, the VA Hospital at Fort Bayard, and then in the Alamogordo, Tularosa and Mescalero public school systems as a nurse. She went to Alaska and flew around to the villages as a nurse and also worked in Juneau, Alaska, selling art work in Forever in Ivory, which later became Cha for the Finest.
When she and Fred retired to Green Valley, she took up golf. She got a hole in one. She served as the president of the Green Valley Genealogy Club and helped her son build a huge religious stained glass window for the biggest Catholic church in Los Angeles.
Did she move mountains? No, but she had a healing touch that worked from the inside out. She was kind and gentle, but also had a rowdy side, a great sense of humor and was fiercely independent. She touched the lives of so many people, she gave of herself. Her raven black hair was so beautiful and thick, the artist who did the drawings for Breck shampoo wanted to use her for a model.
The character of Pheleta in the series "Voice of the Ancients" by Cha Rnacircle was created to honor and entertain her as she declined. Contact Bill Mack at [email protected] or Cha at [email protected].
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 21 to Sept. 20, 2012
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