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  The Daily Freeman Journal
Webster City, Iowa
Monday, September 23, 2013

December 15, 1917 ~ September 21, 2013

Opal JONES, 95, of Woolstock, died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Eagle Grove United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mike WILLER officiating. Burial will be in the French Cemetery, east of Woolstock. Visitation will be Wednesday at the Foster Funeral and Cremation Center from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and after 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Opal Loretta GRAY, daughter of Roy Elmer and Anna Elizabeth FLORA GRAY, was born December 15, 1917 at Davis City, Iowa (in the same house in which her mother was born). She lived at Blythedale, MO through the fourth grade. During her fifth grade in school, the family moved to Decatur, Iowa. During this time Opal found the importance of music in her life by joining the choir. The family then moved to the Woolstock area and Opal attended the Woolstock Center School for three years. High school was spent in Woolstock in the Woolstock Independent School where she graduated with the class of 1936. She particularly liked art and biology and kept a notebook of drawings. She played guard on the Woolstock girl's basketball team. Following graduation, the family moved to Paton, Iowa. Opal attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. Gaylord enjoyed driving to Paton where he treasured Annie's cooking and spent time with Opal. On June 4, 1939, the couple was married at the Methodist Church in Paton. Their second home at Woolstock was where they lived for 65 years. Together they owned and operated the family business, F. G. Jones Implement in Woolstock for many years.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband of 74 years, F. Gaylord; daughters and son-in-law, Kathryn and Dan MOSHER of Plano, TX; Candi JONES of Woolstock; grandchildren, Rory STERLING and Heather STERLING, both of Woolstock and Christina MOHSER of Dallas, TX.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Edward GRAY.

Opal was a longtime member of the Woolstock United Methodist Church, also a member of the Eagle Grove United Methodist Church, a longtime Sunday School teacher, treasurer for the United Methodist Women, involved in county election affairs, a member of Eastern Star, enjoyed golf at the Eagle Grove Course, where she made a hole in one, she was a talented homemaker and enjoyed cooking for her family.

Write a personal tribute or light a virtual candle for the Jones family at www.fosterfuneralandcremation.com

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2013