OBITUARY - OPAL LORENE (RICE) GOODALE
May 14, 1917 - August 23, 2010
Opal GOODALE, 93, of Diagonal, died Aug. 23, 2010, at the home of her daughter, Shelly COOK, in Creston after a lengthy
illness. Arrangements are pending at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Diagonal.
Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Opal Lorene RICE GOODALE, first child of Douglas and Minnie (MINNICK) RICE, was born May 14, 1917 near Ellston, Iowa.
She went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 23, 2010; Angels carrying her home to rest in peace free of pain and
suffering. At the time of her passing she was residing with daughter, Shelly COOK, in Creston, Iowa.
Most of Opal's life was spent in the Diagonal and Mount Ayr area with the exception of 2 years spent in Brush, Colorado
due to her asthma. Opal attended 3 country schools in Ringgold County and graduated from Diagonal High School in May 1936.
She attended her 74th alumni banquet this past May in Diagonal.
Opal was united in marriage to W. A. GOODALE on May 22, 1936 at the Methodist Parsonage in Mount Ayr, Iowa. The couple had
3 children; Linda, Vicki, and Rochelle (Shelly).
Opal & Bill bought a 120 acre farm 8 miles NW of Diagonal in 1940 where they engaged in general farming with a small dairy
until Bill's health declined. She was still residing on that farm until her health declined in June of this year. She
always had a large vegetable garden. She did canning and preserving of food for family, even after they were grown. She
was generous and shared the bounty with others in need - sometimes even preparing the food for the freezer before presenting
it to the receiver. Opal was also a seamstress. She did mending and sewing for her family and others. She was meticulous
in this endeavor as her daughters can attest.
In addition to being a farm wife, Opal worked for 5 years as head cook at the Clearfield school lunch room in the early
1970's. Her delicious cinnamon rolls were a big hit with students there. Following that she worked as a day cook at
Clearview Home in Clearfield for a little over 2 years. Her pancakes and liver and onions brought her notoriety there.
Mrs. GOODALE was baptized and taken into membership of the Calvary Church of rural Clearfield on April 4, 1948. She later
transferred her membership to the Diagonal United Methodist Church in 1952. Opal was active in church work serving on
various boards over the years. She was always prepared for the annual church harvest sale with gooseberry pies, cinnamon
rolls, and black walnuts. She especially enjoyed her quilting circle and sewing school bags for the mission project.
Bill and Opal celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May, 1986 at the Diagonal United Methodist church with many
guests attending. They were married 58 years before Bill passed on August 2nd, 1994. Opal continued to enjoy visiting
friends, relatives and neighbors in local nursing homes. She was noted for her many get well cards and letters to anyone
she heard of who was under the weather. She was always ready to lend a helping hand and believed her letters helped
lighten the burden on the receivers.
Opal's family was her pride and joy. She especially adored her grandchildren and enjoyed reading to them when they were
small. She was always interested in their projects and would do anything to help. She fought off her health issues and
hung in there awaiting the arrival of great granddaughter Haileigh Opal Kristene Lundy on August 4th, 2010. How she
smiled when she got to hold that new baby! She smiled when she held all of them!
Opal is survived by her daughters, Linda SIMCOKE (Patrick) Maley of St. Petersburg, Florida, Vicki (Melvin) DERRY of Des
Moines, and Shelly (John) COOK of Creston. She also leaves a brother, Lewis (Peggy) RICE of Lenox, and sisters, Charlotte
(Dwight) CUNNING of
Mount Ayr, Betty BROOKS, of Kennewick, Washington, Jorene (Bill) BLEVINS of Springfield, Missouri. She also leaves 10
grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and
Opal was preceded in death by her parents and parents-in-law, loving husband, Bill, infant grandson, Eric DERRY,
granddaughter, Sonja SIMCOKE, brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Sadie RICE, son-in-law, Richard SIMCOKE, and
brother-in-law, Max BROOKS.
Memorials are to the United Church of Diagonal and Feed The Children Foundation.
Services were held Thursday, August 26 at 1:30 p.m., United Church of Diagonal with Rev. Bruce GIESE and Rev. Eydie STEPHENS
officiating. Musicians were Judy NEWTON and Sherry WILEY.
Honorary pallbearers included Jason COOK, Brian DERRY,
Patrick DERRY, Greg DERRY, Chad DERRY and David SIMCOKE.
Opal was laid to rest in the Diagonal Cemetery, Diagonal.
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