Opal E. (Hall) Ross

Opal, the daughter of Charlie and Clara (Heckerson) Hall was born April 18, 1918 at the family home in Kanawha.  She grew up in the Kanawha area, where she attended country school and graduated from Kanawha High School in 1935.  Following high school, she attended Chillicothe Business College.  Opal then returned to Kanawha where she was employed at the Farmers State Bank.

On June 28, 1939, Opal was united in marriage with B. Donald Ross at the Kanawha Lutheran Church.  The couple made their home in Corwith until 1944 when they moved to Britt where they raised their family.

Opal was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Britt, where she taught Sunday school and was active in the Women’s groups.  She was also a member of the Notebena Women’s Club in Britt.  Opal loved gardening, especially her flowers.  She enjoyed embroidery and sewing and loved shopping.  Opal is remembered for her kind, compassionate and generous nature towards others, especially her family.

Opal is survived by her husband B. Donald; daughter Vicki Peterson and her husband Stuart, of Woodbury, Minnesota; two sons: Vincent Ross and his wife Armon, Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Vaughan R. Ross of Des Moines; six grandchildren: Allyson and Timothy Czaja, Angela and Daniel Olson, Nathan Ross, Scott Peterson and Judy Stolley, Valerie and Steve Lambert, and Vachelee and Cameron Johnston; five great-grandchildren: Benjamin, Clara, Eleanor, Hailey, and Josie; and special cousin Ed Engstrom and his wife Bessie, of Kanawha.

She was preceded in death by her parents.



Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: First Lutheran Church – Britt
70 5th Avenue North West, Britt, Iowa 50423
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