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Marion Opie

Marion Opie, 99, Des Moines, Iowa, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at Scottish Rite Park Retirement Home, Des Moines, Iowa, where she lived for 16 years.

She was born May 6, 1909, in Schuyler County, one of eight children born to Royal L. and Maud A. (Angel) Shores.

She married Sifferd Opie on June 7, 1927, in Carthage. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Irene (Duane) Hubbard, Carthage; one son, Richard (Ellen) Opie, West Des Moines, Iowa; five grandchildren, Richard (Robin) Hubbard, Crystal Lake, Kathy (Bradley) Owen, Stillman Valley, Beverly (Henry) Ortland, Roswell, Ga., David (Lee Anne) Opie, West Des Moines, and Douglas (Sara) Opie, Indianola, Iowa; nine great-grandchildren, Matthew (Kelly) Hubbard, Denver, Colo., Sarah (Benjamin) Shulman, Chicago, Zachary and Meghan Owen, Stillman Valley, Alexis Opie, Kansas City, Mo., Ross Opie, Indianola, Nicholas Opie, Breckenridge, Colo., Elizabeth and James Opie, West Des Moines; one great-great-granddaughter, Gretchen Hubbard, Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Phyleta Plunk, Mansfield, and Dorothy Falta, Walworth, Wis.; one brother, Merle Shores, Beardstown; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was also preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

Raised in a Methodist parsonage, the family often moved from place to place. Books became her best friends as she never had to leave them behind. Consequently she became an avid reader until her eyesight failed.

After graduating from high school she went one year to Western Illinois Teacher’s College.

In the early 1940s she decided to continue her college education and graduated from Carthage College Magna Cum Laude with a teaching degree. While finishing her education she raised her family, taught school and during the war, when help was difficult to find, she assisted her husband in the bank at Colusa. Finally, she became a second grade teacher in the Dallas City public schools where she taught until her retirement. Her students often hoped their children would have “Mrs. Opie” for their teacher. She instilled a love of reading in her students as well as her own family. After retirement, the Opies moved to Iowa to be near their son and family. There she raised and documented test roses for Jackson Perkins.

Upon the death of her husband, she moved to Des Moines and eventually to Scottish Rite Park Retirement Home, where she enjoyed her many friends and playing bridge. When arthritis limited her lifestyle, she kept busy knitting and crocheting afghans for the residents of the health care center. She was a member of Grace Methodist Church, Des Moines.

She will be greatly missed by her family who lovingly called her “great.”

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Printy Funeral Home, Carthage.

Burial was in Moss Ridge Cemetery, Carthage.

Memorials may be made to the Scottish Rite Park Retirement Home.

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