Opal L. (Suddarth) Smith, age 92, of Louisiana, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Maple Grove Lodge in Louisiana, Missouri.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 23, at 11 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel with the Reverend D. Randall Cone officiating.
Burial will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Opal L. (Suddarth) Smith was born March 31, 1922, in Louisiana, Missouri, to Walter Henry and Emma Mae (James) Suddarth.
She married Ferrell Leon Smith in Texas, where he was stationed in the U.S. Army on April 5, 1942; he preceded her in death on October 7, 2001.
Opal L. (Suddarth) Smith grew up in the Louisiana area and was a 1940 graduate of Louisiana High School.
After her marriage to Ferrell Leon Smith, they lived and worked in Vandalia.
Opal worked at the Bobby Brooks and other garment factories from 1960 until her retirement in 1982.
Shortly after she retired, they moved back to Louisiana to be closer to their daughter and her family. Opal was a long time member of the Elmwood Presbyterian Church in Louisiana.
While her health was still good, Opal walked at least twice daily and enjoyed playing cards and bingo at the Trimble House in Louisiana.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Ferrell Leon Smith; four sisters: Roxie, Lorraine, Gladys, and Mary; four brothers: Elmer, Henry, Raymond, and Basil; son-in-law, and Richard T. (Rick) Boyd.
Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Anne (Smith) Boyd, of Eolia, Missouri; step-granddaughter, Michelle Lee Danback, of Eolia; step-great-granddaughter, Alyesa Nichole Danback, of Eolia; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Basil (Melba) Suddarth, of Vandalia; Mrs. Walter Clark (Dorothy) Smith, of Vandalia; Mrs. Richard (Lori Ann) Smith, of Bowling Green. Opal is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ronald Suddarth, Bob Suddarth, Hayden Adkison, Donald Hayden, Terry Smith, and Earl Wayne Smith.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.