Opal Lesta (Dean) Slagle, formerly of the Waterloo and Gallipolis communities, died Monday, November 26, 2012, at Arbors of Gallipolis.
Opal was born to William Arlie and Metta Pearl (Miller) Dean on February 18, 1922, in Wood County, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Lowell, Lyman and Harold Dean; one sister, Lois Harrison; one great-grandson, Brandon Coley; and one great-great-grandson, Daniel Lewis. She was also preceded in death by the father of her six children, Hobert Edsel Slagle.
She was the loving, devoted mother to six children, Karen (Roger) Wilson of Columbus, OH, Lois Ann Brown of Toldeo, OH, Rosemary (Dana) Helmondollar of Chesapeake, OH, Dennis (Donna) Slagle of Chesapeake, OH, Janet (Denver) Hill of Gallipolis, OH, and Betty Jo (Tom) Taylor of Chesapeake, OH. She is also survived by one sister, Elsie Faye Applegate of Bourbonnais, IL; seven grandchildren, Vicki (Clyde) Caldwell of Croton, OH, Christine (Clyde) Brown-Coley of Toledo, OH, David Todd Reiter of Angola, IN, Susan Brown of Bowling Green, OH, Donald and Richard Brown of Toledo, OH, and Jessica (John Paul) Kelley of Chesapeake, OH; a special nephew, Merrill (Maxine) Harrison of Bulls Gap, TN; a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family; and a special friend/classmate, Wayne Rucker of Ironton, OH, who shared many hours with her while she resided at Morning Pointe Ridge in Russell, KY.
Opal graduated from Waterloo High School in 1940 and delighted in talking about the Waterloo Wonders and attending the Waterloo School Reunions. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service as the Waterloo Postmaster in 1992. She was a member for many years at the Waterloo Methodist Church until she moved to Gallipolis, Ohio where she became a member of the Good News Baptist Church. Opal loved teaching children about Christ and willingly served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She was also a member of the Kitts Hill Homemaker’s Club.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012, at Willis Funeral Home in Gallipolis, Ohio, with Rev. Bill Goodall, a close family friend, and Pastor Eric Fannin officiating. Family and friends may visit at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the Gallia Baptist Cemetery in Gallia, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holzer Hospice.
The family expresses their appreciation to the third floor staff at Arbors of Gallipolis and to the nurses with Holzer Hospice.
Please send e-mail condolences to www.willisfuneralhome.com.