Saturday, December 11, 2010

Opal Leota Bennett Nichols, 1914-1999

Quad City Times - 6 January 1999
  BUFFALO, Iowa -- Services for Opal L. Nichols, 84, of Buffalo, will be noon Friday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Buffalo.
  Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
  Mrs. Nichols died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999, at Genesis Medical Center-East Campus, Davenport.
  Opal had worked at Davenport Medical Center, formerly the Osteopathic Hospital, as a unit secretary and aide for more than 20 years. She retired in 1979.
  Opal Leota Bennett was born June 11, 1914, in Plano, Iowa, to George and Bessie (Elder) Bennett. She married Neal Nichols on Dec. 23, 1931, in Unionville, Mo. He preceded her in death.
  Opal read the Bible faithfully, had very strong family ethics and was a care giver to many people. Her hobbies included quilting and baking homemade bread and rolls. She enjoyed flowers and playing bingo and card games with her friends and family.
  Opal was a member of Pythian Sisters, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 6078, Senior Citizen s group, Senior Bunco Club, the 500 Club and Friends ofr Buffalo.
  Memorials may be made to the family.
  Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Gene Mathey, Blue Grass, and Linda and Jim Kerch, Des Moines; a son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Rachel Nichols,  Buffalo; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Floy Wilson and Cleo Carson, both of Seymour, and Lorene and Boyd Stroud, Davenport; brothers and sister-in-law, Oscar Bennett, Corydon, Glen Bennett, Bernard, and Vernon and Connie Bennett, Moline.
  She was preceded in death by her husband; five children, including a son, Neal Wesley in 1985; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother. May they rest in peace.
Ray, Opal, Wesley, Neal
Linda & Jannie Nichols
March 1959

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