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Opal June Hale

Opal June (Larson) Hale passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 85 years.

Mrs. Hale was born in Brainerd, Minnesota, to George and Winnifred (Griffith) Larson on February 10, 1925. She attended several rural Howell County, Missouri, grade schools then her freshman year at Mtn. View, two years in Willow Springs and graduated from West Plains High School in 1943. Upon graduation, she was employed as a factory worker in West Plains.

In 1947, Opal married Clyde E. Hale of West Plains on January 24. To this union three children were born. She was a full-time homemaker and longtime member of First Baptist Church in Willow Springs where she taught Sunday school and GA’s for many years. She was a loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Her family was the joy of her life: she was always there to listen, always interested in their lives, and daily prayed for each of them, teaching them that God is in control and is still on His throne. She never wavered in her faith and trust in Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord. She very much enjoyed sending cards to friends and family, always uniquely decorating each card in order to make the recipient feel special and loved.

Mrs. Hale was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of nearly 50 years, Clyde

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Aldridge of Cabool, Missouri, and Jenny Pigg and husband Don of Willow Springs; one son, Kevin Hale and wife Jan of Lenexa, Kansas; five grandchildren, Shelly Kruse and husband Dave of Willow Springs, Bill Combs of Park Hills, Missouri, Kim Cochran and husband Chris of Willow Springs, Matt Pigg of Willow Springs, and Robbie Hale, a student at College of the Ozarks; four great-grandchildren, Andrea Kruse of Cabool and Caleb, Tate, and Karis Cochran of Willow Springs; one great-great-granddaughter, Lyndee Kruse of Cabool; a brother, Larry Larson and wife Jean of Zealand, Michigan; two sisters, Laurel of Minneapolis, Minnesota., and Hazel and husband Farrel Eubanks of Denver, Colorado; a brother-in-law, Bill Hale and wife Wilma of West Plains; and many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at First Baptist Church of Willow Springs. Burial was at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International and left at the funeral home.

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