Opal Grace Wade Glider, 97 years, 3 months and 12 days, of Hiawatha, formerly of Webster and Wellman, passed away at the Hiawatha Care Center on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Wellman, Iowa. Pastor Moody Colorado will officiate. Burial will be in the Wellman Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the Asbury United Methodist Church.
Opal was born July 5, 1919, on her family's farm in Iowa County to Edd and Laura Denison Wade. She attended Green Valley Country School, where she excelled in spelling. Recess is where she learned to crochet and embroider under the guidance of her teacher. She learned the value of hard work early.
On March 30, 1940, she was united in marriage to Ralph Glider in Marengo, Iowa. Together, she and Ralph began their lifelong love of farming.
Opal is survived by her loving family, daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Duane Munson of Cedar Rapids, Jean and Bob Bisinger of Marion, Shirley and Steve Knight of Solon, Kathy and Charles Ford of Lincoln, Mo., and Sonja and Charles Wald of Greenwood, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Kelley and Doris Glider; and nieces and nephews.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph, of 72 years; four sisters; one brother; a great-grandson, Niklas Lars Hybel; and grandson-in-law, Lars Hybel.
The love of Opal's life was her husband, Ralph. Her great joy was spending time with and caring for her family. She worked hard and enjoyed farm life for 42 years. After retiring from their farm, they spent 16 years at their lake home in the Ozarks. Later they moved to Wellman and spent eight years renewing treasured friendships. They decided to move closer to family and moved to the Cedar Rapids area. She enjoyed baking and making her famous noodles, fishing, playing cards, gardening, sewing, reading, dancing with Ralph and traveling to 49 states.
Opal was very giving and found strength in faith and family. She inspired and encouraged her family by her continuing presence and determination. Opal had a gracious smile and yet quiet nature and was happiest surrounded by her family. She was proud of what she and Ralph had worked to create that provided for their family. She was a humble woman and her heart and hands served many. Her influence motivated others to be kind and loving individuals. She will be forever honored by the love of her family. As Opal's earthly life has ended, her heavenly journey with Ralph has begun. May they dance forever together.
Thank you to Pastor Moody Colorado and to the Hiawatha Care Center and staff.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Asbury United Methodist Church and Webster United Methodist Church.
The Powell Funeral Home in Wellman is caring for Opal and her family, www.powellfuneralhomes.com.