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Obituary for Opal Irene Fisher (Gray)


Opal Irene Fisher, age 92, Grant City, Missouri, died Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Opal was born November 3, 1923 in Jefferson Township of Taylor County, Iowa; the daughter of Boyd and Gladice Marie (Fish) Gray.

Opal was a graduate and Salutatorian, with the class of 1941, Parnell High School, Parnell, Missouri.
She received her Teaching Certificate from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College (NWMSU).

On December 21, 1946, Opal was united in marriage to Ernest Eldon Fisher at Troy, Kansas. To this union five children were born, Jerry, Donna, Judy, Doyle and Kevin.

Opal started her teaching career in a one room school house in 1946. After taking time off to raise a family she resumed her teaching career with Headstart. She was one of the first teachers in the head start program providing comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition for many families in the community

Opal was very active in the community, serving as President of the Worth County Senior Citizens Board, Chaplain for Worth County Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, member of the Grant City First Christian Church and the Christian Women’s Fellowship.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ernest (3/11/1989), daughter Donna Ekren (5/12/2011), son-in-law Don Ekren, four brothers and three sisters.

Her survivors include: son, Jerry (Janet) Fisher, Holt, Missouri; daughter, Judy (Steven) Hoakison, Creston, Iowa; sons Doyle (Katie) Fisher, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kevin (Carla) Fisher, Stanberry, Missouri; brother, Jim (Peggy) Gray, Branson, Missouri; sister, Elaine Shornhorst, Independence, Missouri; 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, great- great-grandchildren, great-great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends and loved ones.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the First Christian Church, Grant City. Burial will be in the Grant City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM, Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City.

Memorials: Worth County Senior Center or Worth County VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

Arrangements: andrewshannfuneralhome.com
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