Opal E. Shepherd, 83, of Pomona, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Family will meet with friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at the mortuary. Interment Central Cemetery, Pomona. The family suggests memorial contributions to USD 287 Library Fund c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Opal’s Tribute Wall at www.dengelmortuary.com.
Opal was born Dec. 26, 1935, in Ottawa, the daughter of Howard Eugene and Helen Ruby (Watts) Foster. She was a lifelong Franklin County resident, living in Pomona. She graduated from Ottawa High School with the class of 1954.
Opal was united in marriage to Ralph C. Shepherd, Jan. 7, 1981, in Lawrence. He preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 2003.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Helen Foster; brothers, Charles “Todd” Foster and James Foster, Sr.; sister, Gale Sawyer; stepbrothers, Dallas Nicholson and Harvey Nicholson; and stepsister, Eletheir Presnal.
Survivors include siblings, Dorothy Anrig, of Chico, California; Squire Foster and wife, Doris, of Newton; stepbrother, Gary Nicholson and wife. Margaret. of Centropolis; stepsister, Lenore Newell. of Ozawkie; many beloved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Opal was employed as a librarian, teachers’ aide and bus driver for West Franklin USD 287 from August 1975 to June 2004. She also worked as a sales clerk for Peeks Supersaver in Pomona from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s. She was a member of the Centropolis Christian Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 5901 Auxiliary of Ottawa.
Opal loved reading books, traveling with friends and family, the outdoors, living on the farm and her cows. She was a huge Kansas Jayhawks fan. Opal absolutely loved children and driving her school bus, otherwise known as “Sarah.”